"Great wines are like great books. Once you take your first sip, they’re hard to put down."
Wine and its flavours
One question we get a lot is why wines taste and smell like so many different things and not just grapes. The more you drink wine, the more you start to notice subtle flavours like vanilla, spice, tobacco, tropical fruits or even ocean air.
Grapes are an incredibly impressionable and delicate fruit. Each decision made throughout the process, from how and where the grapes are grown, to what occurs to them after they are juiced, impact how the wine tastes and smells at the end.
Good farming equals great wine, and it is at this stage where the grapes also first come in contact with elements that can impact the wine’s ultimate characteristics. As the grapes grow in a vineyard surrounded by plants such as wild herbs, flowers and grasses, bees and other insects fly around the vineyard distributing pollen, and as the grapes ripen they absorb the subtle flavour characteristics from these plants.
In many regions of the world, much of the white wine is grown on cliffs that overlook the sea. As the waves crash into the rocks and spray salt water into the air, the saline air becomes absorbed by the grapes as they ripen, adding a delicious minerality to the grapes that can taste and smell like a fresh sea breeze.
After the grapes transition from the vineyard to the cellar, each decision the winemaker makes has an influence on the overall flavour. How the grapes are pressed, whether aged in steel or oak, and how long the winemaker lets the wine sit in these vessels all aid in imparting unique flavours and smells into a wine.
With all of these factors having an influence on the overall taste and smell of the wine, it’s no wonder that so many of us pick up different characteristics when tasting and smelling the same wine. It’s one of the things that makes drinking wine so much fun.
Vote for Nitida
After months of painstaking conceptualising, more tweek-ing, beautiful hand-illustrating, many amendments and finally artwork and colour approvals, Nitida has decided to enter the Wine Label Design Awards.
They already have scooped up three medals, but now they need your help towards establishing the winner of the People's Choice Award.
Follow the link below and give their bottles the "thumbs up", remember you only have one vote.
Paella with a Twist
Originating in Valencia, paella is one of the most traditional dishes in Spain. Recipes and flavours have been adapted over time to suit different regions. This classic version teams chorizo with calamari, prawns and mussels. A more easy-drinking red wine, like the Pella Cinsaut or a Grenache from Arendsig or Momento will work perfect.
Things We Like
Wooden Wine Crates
Available with space for six, twelve or twenty bottles, these wooden crates can be mixed and matched to suit your needs. They make a great focal point in every bar, but also in the living room or kitchen.
Available at Winematters; situated in 324 Sam Nujoma Drive, Windhoek