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What are tannins?

Thursday, 11 April, 2019

If you’ve ever chatted it up about wine, chances are that the word tannin has come up. Strong, dry, soft are common describers of tannins, but it’s worth asking: What are tannins?

Tannins are derivatives of polyphenols, a natural chemical compound present in seeds, leaves, wood and fruit peels, or rind. In wine, these small components can be found in various parts of the grapevine, including the seeds, grape skin, and pulp.

How the tannins mature is essential to achieving a quality wine that is easy on the palate. But tannins are also influenced by other factors, such as climate and how they’re conserved. Moreover, the longer the rind is present during the winemaking process, the greater its color and intensity will be, thereby, the more tannins the wine will have.

Grape genetics also play a pivotal role in the structure, color and taste of the wine. TRIO Cabernet Sauvignon has a high concentration of tannins, giving it a denser structure and a distinct, intense ruby color.

With respect to white wines, coloring and its body provide it with fewer tannins, which are shielded and developed thanks to its storage in oak barrels.

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