How to Determine a Wine Just By Observing the Color?
Did you know that there are a lot of things you can know just by observing red wine’s color? To know how to do that, here are some facts you need to know:
The red color in wine—where does it come from?
Wines usually have a common color—red. This color is derived from anthocyanin, which is a pigment that can be found in several types of fruits like cherries, blueberries, and plum. They are also present in flowers such as hydrangeas, orchids, and much more. The pigment you can see in red wines is due to the grapes’ skins. Anthocyanin is produced by soaking the skins in the juice, staining the wine. Since various types of red release various levels and expressions, there are some observations we can incur just by looking at it:
You can get the right impression of your wine’s hue by looking at it over a white background or beneath conditioned natural lighting. Though red wines below 5 years old have ranged hue from blue to violet, to red. You could notice this hue by observing the wine’s edge while it reaches the glass. Here are some facts about wine hues:
Wines with a tint of blue means they have low acidity
Wines having violet hue is average in terms of acidity
Wines with red hues are higher in acidity
The color’s intensity could be seen with the opacity of the wine. Red wines that are deeply opaque have been known because they are highly pigmented and they have more phenolic compared to other translucent red wines. There are some observable features you can determine, which are basically accurate with the intensity of the wine’s color:
Various varieties of grapes have various intensity levels. For instance, Pinotage contains high pigmentation level and Gamay has an extremely low level of pigmentation.
The intensity of the color could be improved by the wine’s tannin. Meaning, those wines that are more opaque might have higher tannin levels.
The red wine’s pigment is crucial to both sulfites and temperature. Fermented wines under extremely hot conditions or those consisting of more sulfur addition tend to own lesser intensity when it comes to colors.
The pigment of a wine loses while they age. They usually lose 85 percent of their anthocyanin after they have reached 5 years.
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