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Descriptors provide specific information

Read more about our wine descriptors, which give you specific information on what our wines taste like.

In addition to general descriptive words, we use a four-tier scale for the following descriptors: body, tannin, sweetness and acidity.

Sweetness

The sweetness in a wine comes mainly from the sugar found in the grapes.

As well as sugar, fruity esters in a wine also add to the sense of sweetness.

If a wine contains even a small amount of sugar, the wine, especial white wine, tastes more full-bodied. The sugar does not yet taste sweet, however.

The mouthfeel of sweetness is also influenced by the acids contained in wine: if there is a high level of acidity, the sense of sweetness declines; if there is a low level of acidity, the sense of sweetness rises.

very dry – dry – medium-dry – medium-sweet – sweet

Tannicity

Tannicity or hardness is sensed when a red wine tightens the gums and dries the mucous membranes of the mouth.

When there are a lot of tannins in red wine, an almost sand paper-like feeling is sensed in the mucous membranes.

A low-tannin red wine, on the other hand, has low tannins but is rich in glycerol, a sweet-tasting alcohol produced in connection with fermentation, and possibly also has some residual sugar and a low level of acidity.

low tannins – medium tannins – tannic – very tannic

Full-bodiedness

Full-bodiedness is sensed when a wine is rich and mouthfilling – even chewy.

The sense of full-bodiedness increases if a wine is matured in oak barrels, while tannins and high alcohol content also enhance a wine's full-bodied character. A full-bodied wine also often has a rich colour and structure.

A light-bodied wine is the opposite of full-bodied. It has less alcohol and lower tannins, which makes it easier to drink.

light-bodied – medium-bodied – full-bodied – very full-bodied

Acidity

The acidity of a wine is sensed when the mouth begins to secrete lots of saliva and a slight tingling sensation is felt on the tongue.

An acidic wine has good body. It smells and tastes crisp and fresh.

An almost acid-free wine, on the other hand, is flat with a short finish.

A wine that has a high level of acidity may, however, have a very mild taste if it has relatively high levels of sugar and alcohol. Correspondingly, a relatively high level of acidity reduces the sense of sweetness in a wine.

low acidity – medium acidity – acidic – very acidic