This is a question that has led men to scrutinize wine and ponder upon each sip. Wine is a very subjective issue and thus each individual has his personal take on it, for example you might enjoy a particular wine say a chardonnay but the other person might not. So what makes a good wine?
I say balance is what makes it good. A wine has four elements which have to strike a note in the palate and if there is a perfect balance between these four elements then a wine is divine. By balance it means that the four elements should be in harmony and should note overpower each other.
The Four Elements
Alcohol– the fermentation of the grape sugar in the grape juice produces alcohol. The riper the grape the more the sugar and hence subsequently higher level of alcohol.
Acid– gives the mouth a sensation of tartness similar to the taste obtained when sucking a lemon.
Tannin– the presence of tannins is indicated when the mouth is left dry after the consumption of the wine. The tannins are best broken down in the mouth by the proteins present in red meat, and for this reason red wines are to be consumed with red meat.
Sweetness– the residual sugar that is not fermented adds to the sweetness of the wine. The process of Chaptalisation can also be followed in order increase the sweetness of the wine.
By: – Apurba Raj Rai