Red wines are made from dark skinned wine grapes. There are thousands of red grapes grown around the world, but commonly seen red grapes (also called noble varietals) include Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz (Syrah), Malbec and Pinot Noir. An interesting fact about red wine is that the red colour in wine does not come from the grape juice, which is clear, but from the skin of the grape. After crushing the grapes, the skins are soaked in the must for the colour to be imparted to the juice. Besides colour, grape skin also has tannins, which are great for preserving the shelf life of the wine, but give it a rough texture. Tannins soften with extended cellaring. This is why red wines may feel rough sometimes when drunk young but feel smooth when drunk after a few years in the bottle.
Red wines present a wide range of fruity flavours, from cherries and raspberries to blackberries and plums, delivering a delightful combination of sweetness and juiciness that pleases the palate. Tannins, found in the skins, seeds, and stems of grapes, contribute to the wine's structure and mouthfeel. In young red wines, these tannins may feel slightly firm or gripping, similar to biting into a grape skin, but with ageing, it gradually softens and becomes smoother.
When exploring red wine, it's essential to consider both the body and acidity. Light-bodied red wines, like the elegant Pinot Noir, offer delicate and graceful flavours that dance gracefully on your palate. In contrast, full-bodied varieties such as the robust Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah provide a more substantial mouthfeel and unveil bold and intense flavours. The acidity of red wine adds a refreshing liveliness, ensuring a well-balanced taste. These factors combine to create a diverse and captivating red wine experience.
Red wines are best served at temperatures between 12-18 degrees depending on how heavy they are. Light fruity reds like Pinot Noir and Gamay should be served at cooler temperatures whereas fuller bodied ones like Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz are better at higher temperatures.
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