What is Texture in Wine?

If you have wine drinking friends or are part of wine tastings often, you’ve heard the word texture more than once.

Is texture in wine really a thing? And why does it matter? Here’s all you need to know about texture in wine. Read on — you might be surprised!

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Experience Wine with All Your Senses

Unlike any other drink, wine is best experienced with all your senses. Looking at wine might give you hints of its personality, and those gorgeous ruby hues and golden hints are fun to look at.

Our nose picks up wine’s scents that can range from fruit to herbs, spices and even rare aromas reminiscent of crushed rocks, damp soil, mushrooms or leather.

Our sense of taste allows us to appreciate the wine’s flavour as it cruises through our tongue to our back palate, and we experience wine with our sense of touch in two ways, by assessing its temperature and through its texture.

What is Wine’s Texture, anyway?

When we talk about wine’s texture, we’re almost always talking about red wine. It turns out red grapes’ skins have gritty particles that leach into the wine, and these molecules are called tannins.

Tannins are present in all plants, especially in their roots and stems, and they’re easily recognised because they cause a drying sensation on our tongue, cheeks and palate. That’s texture right there.

Wine grapes that infuse the wine with lots of texture include Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, to mention a few. Grapes with smooth textures exist, too. The most prominent is Pinot Noir, which is as smooth as liquid silk.

Why Does Texture in Wine Matter?

Texture matters for many reasons. First, because you might or might not enjoy that drying sensation, so you should know which wines have more or less texture to make sure you’re buying wine you’ll enjoy.

Second, because the more texture in the wine, the better it will tackle food pairings with fatty food and protein-rich meals. Tannins bind with fat and proteins in, for example, a steak, making both the meat and the wine taste better.

The next time you find yourself drinking a textural red wine, pair it with grilled meat!

Texture is All About Preference

Don’t think for a second bold wine with towering structures are better than softer, rounder wines. It all comes down to which wines you like the most.

It comes without saying texture in wine, meaning tannins, might help the wine age better, so if you want to lay down a bottle for a few years, make sure it’s a very textural wine!

Yes, texture in wine is a thing, and yes, it matters. If you want to learn more about your favourite fermented drink, come with us on a private wine tour to the Yarra Valley and talk about texture with the region’s knowledgeable winemakers. How cool would that be?

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