Different Kind of Grapes

Find out the characteristic for different wine making grapes:

Cabernet Sauvignon - black currant, cherry, black fruits, green spices

Cabernet Sauvignons are generally a more full bodied wine high in tannins – a natural part of grape skins, seeds, and stems which give the wine its firm body. Tannins are increased because the wine soaks with its skins, helping the wine to achieve its characteristic deep red color.

Merlot - currant, black cherry, plum, violet, rose, caramel, clove, bay leaf, green peppercorn, bell pepper, green olive

Merlots are normally lighter, easy drinking wines with medium tannins. The fruit flavours in the wine are typically much stronger and in the foreground of the taste profile making this a great wine for drinkers who are just starting to enjoy wine.

Zinfandel - raspberry, blackberry, vanilla, strawberry, raspberry, orange, raspberry, cherry, and light citrus

White Zifandel or White Zin is a sweeter, rose coloured wine which is one of the most popular wines, particularly for those who do not normally drink. Normally high in sugar content, this wine is often lower in alcohol and is manufactured for immediate consumption.

Syrah / Shiraz - black currant, blackberry, black pepper, licorice, clove, thyme, bay leaf, grass, sandalwood, cedar

Syrah of Shiraz, this wine ranges from a medium to full bodied drink that is typically higher in tannins. The flavours and body of the wine are highly dependent on the climate where the grapes are produced but Shiraz’s normally have a very strong punch and leave a peppery aftertaste.

Pinot Noir - cherry, strawberry, raspberry, ripe tomato, violet, rose petal

Typically made from grapes that are very difficult to produce, Pinot Noirs are amongst the most popular wines in the world. This wine has a very broad range of profiles but normally tends to be of light to medium body with a taste of fruit mixed with other subtle flavours. Highly dependent on region, these wines can have very different profiles depending on the country where it is produced.

Chardonnay - apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, tangerine, pineapple, banana, acacia, hawthorn

A white wine that is incredibly popular, Chardonnays leave a lasting impression on the palate with a creamy feel, light to medium body and an acidic taste. There are two major styles of Chardonnay and the difference is in the classic buttery feel of the wine - one is aged in oak barrels while the other is not. Chardonnays are one of the few white wines that can be properly aged, retin-a gel, improving in flavour for five to eight years.

Sauvignon Blanc - grapefruit, lime, melon, grass, weeds, lemongrass, gooseberry

Normally a sweet white wine, Sauvignons have a noticeable acidity and range in flavour from grassy to tropical. Usually consumed at a younger age, this wine does not gain any particular benefit from an extended aging process. A wine which can be served chilled and one of a few wines that pairs well with sushi.