JWL Issue #134: Supermarket Reds & Tannin in Wine

March 23, 2021

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April wine

With the sun starting to shine brighter, we look ahead this week to the April box.

For the first time ever, we have imported all six of the wines into our Case ourselves.

One of these winemakers, we're importing three of their wines. Only two will go into the April box (a chillable red for the Core, and a rosé pet-nat for the Case), but the third – a litre bottle of fun, light natty red will be our park wine for the summer.

All of this said, we are still waiting for our wines to arrive in the country. It's looking like most won't be here until early next week, which means it might be the end of next week until deliveries arrive. We'll keep you posted and apologise in advance for this shipment delay.


A trio of reds while the evenings are still chilly

This Bichot Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Beaune (M&S, £15) is incredibly light and refined. Pinot noir from Burgundy makes for some of the most expensive wines in the world. This is an entry-level price so there’s no complexity. It’s simple, clean and perfectly suited to the Spring weather we’re seeing.

For a different take on a Côtes du Rhône, this Côtes du Ventoux (Sainsbury’s, £10) is an area famous with cyclists. The huge mountain is no small feat to climb, but a paradise for vines. The cool air gives fresh, crunchy and juicy Rhône wines. Full of ripe raspberries and blackberries, it’s elegant and extremely drinkable.

For the last of those fireplace reds, this Carnivor Zinfandel (Sainsbury’s, £9) is a warming hug in a glass. Hailing from California, it's full-bodied with loads of vanilla and caramel from the oak ageing.


What are tannins in wine?

Tannins are what make your gums feel dry. It’s the feeling when you drink red wine and your mouth feels like the Sahara Desert.

This sensation comes from the phenolic compounds in a grape. They exist in the skin and the seeds. Red wine is made by leaving the grape juice in contact with these in a ‘maceration’.

The juice absorbs the tannins, giving you that mouth-drying sensation. White wine and rosé don’t have this maceration, which is why they don’t have tannin.

Tannins can leave wonderful impressions on wine. For more reading, we go into detail on these differences in Wine Roots 2: Skins.

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