ECL Virtual Wine-Tasting, December 2020

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Start drinking the white. Open the red. When you pour the rosé – don’t touch it!

Compare and contrast the New World (Argentina), the Old World (Europe), and South Africa

Wine styles, grape varieties, flavours, mouthfeel…

Wine 1: Dry white “unprotected” – South Africa

34°S, 19°E







Phylloxera Beetle
Phylloxera Beetle


MLF, bâtonnage and oak aging…

Chardonnay Flavours
Chardonnay Flavours
Chardonnay around the world: Burgundy, Champagne, Europe, California, Australia, Israel…
Timeline: The Cape of Good Hope, Wijnberg, Klein Constantia 1685, British colonisation, Pinotage, 1990s, recovery?


Wine 2: Rosé (still or sparkling) – Provence or Catalonia

How to taste wine like a pro:

The colour



The nose



The mouthfeel


Body – mouthfeel – viscous, velvety, thin, buttery…

Alcohol – often lower in Europe vs New World – the % abv x 3/4 = units per bottle

Acidity – most whites and rosés have about 5 g/l

Sweetness – dry wines have 1-4 grammes of sugar per litre

Flavour characteristics and intensity – primary, secondary, tertiary

The finish – count in seconds



Bordeaux Wine Regions Map
France Wine Regions Map

Aix-en-Provence: 43.5°N, 5°E







Wine 3: South America – Dry Red: Cabernet Sauvignon from Argentina
Red Wine Appearances
Red Wine Glasses


Wine Decanting Cradle
Wine Decanting Cradle



Mendoza: 33°S, 69°W



Bewässerungssystem in der Weinbauregion Mendoza, Argentinien