More about White Wine
Just like with red wine, white wines have different styles and character, and as mentioned above, it is important to find a perfect balance between a good acidity, fruit and sweetness. But it is also about your personal taste for the type of white wine you prefer.
There is everything from fruity white wines, to healthy, light and smooth, cask-aged, white wines with a lot of tannins and white wines that are more tasty than other more easy-drinking white wines. If a white wine has been stored in oak barrels before it is bottled, it gets a rounder taste and gets notes of vanilla.
Common white wine grapes used when producing white wine are Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin, Riesling, Viognier and Gewürztraminer to name a few. Our white wines mainly come from the grapes Solaris, Muscaris, Phönix, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
White wines can be categorized into two main characteristics, apart from sparkling and fortified, that is dry and sweet white wine. A dry white wine is essentially one without or with very low residual sugar. Its taste is balanced only on its acidity and alcohol levels, making it a tightrope walk for winemakers. Once the grape skin is separated from the grape juice, winemakers allow the fermentation to continue until the yeast turns nearly all the sugar into alcohol.
Sweet white wine tends to be much darker in colour and more viscous due to its high sugar content. This is because the fermentation process is arrested in order to maintain the natural sugars of the juice.