White Wines: become deeper (more golden) with age.
Red Wines: the more purple the wine the younger it is. In young
wines the colour is usually uniform. The more brown, tawny or
orange the wine is, the older it is. With age the colour is not
uniform and is lighter at the rim of the glass compared with the
Does it smell clean or unclean? This can tell you if the wine is
corked or not. If corked, it will have a musty smell.
Does it smell weak or pronounced? This can tell you about the
wine's origin.The more intense the nose, the more likely that the
grapes were grown in a hot climate and the level of sugar and
therefore alcohol is higher.
What does it smell of? Fruity, Savoury, Dairy, Nutty, Spicy, Mineral,
Sugary, Woody, Floral, Herbal.
all of the wine's components (e.g. sweetness, acidity, tannins)
blend together. The balance or potential to be balanced after
ageing is a sign of quality.
Older white wines tend to taste more honeyed and yeasty.
Younger wines tend to taste more of fruit.
wines (and a higher degree of alcohol).
Grape Variety: Certain grape varieties taste of certain flavours, e.
g. Sauvignon Blanc typically tastes and smells of gooseberries,
Cabernet Sauvignon of blackcurrants.