29 Mar The Details About Natural Wine
Have you ever put much effort into understanding why a wine is good? Do you prefer to dive deep and really know everything there is to know about your wine? Ever been curious about natural wine but weren’t sure what to ask? As natural wine becomes more and more popular, let’s talk about some of the things that get it its label and what things you should know about natural wine vs regular wine.
Natural wine has no legal definition. Any wine producer can label their bottles as natural. Each producer has a different definition for the term but all of them revolve around sustainable or organic farming and highlight minimal interference in the winery. This means the winemakers do not add or remove ingredients to the juice during vinification. Natural winemakers produce fermented grape juice, keeping it as close to natural as possible. The grapes and the environments in which they are grown are high priority criteria when choosing their ingredients.
Natural wine may also be referred to as minimum intervention, low intervention, or non-invasive. This is simply because these terms provide a more specific description of the process. You may also see terms such as real, raw, or living wine. While these terms do tend to get the point across, they aren’t quite as technical or descriptive.
There is a difference in aromas, flavors, and general appearance between natural wines and “regular” wines. Natural wines tend to have a cloudy appearance due to winemakers not adding fining agents or filtering out impurities after fermentation. Sour descriptors of natural wines come from the use of native yeasts and a lack of preservatives.
Sulfites are a natural byproduct of fermentation so natural wines will still contain sulfites. Some winemakers, however, add sulfates to keep them fresher for longer. Some add these and some do not, as it is a point of contention within the natural wine world. Choosing not to add sulfites can result in a loss of product for producers, however, after time. So, this matter is really on the producers and depends on the quantities they are making.
Ultimately, deciding to drink natural wine or not is a personal choice. If you like the idea of less interference in your wine, then absolutely give it a try. I would say to give it a try anyway if you never have. It never hurts to see what else is out there that might strike your interest.
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