In wine terminology there is an expression that refers, among other things, to the ability of a wine to make us mouth-watering. How do we identify this character? We explain it to you below.
Have you ever tasted a wine that left you mouth-watering after the first sip? That is one of the great qualities of wines that are called juicy. These are wines with great acidity, which, by leaving your mouth salivating, make you want to take another sip quickly. But it’s not just about acidity. Another very important complement to this feature is fruit. Mainly these wines have lots of aromas and flavours of fresh fruit. In the case of reds or rosés, think of lots of strawberries, sour cherries, raspberries and pomegranates; while, in white wines, lots of lemon, lime, grapefruit or juicy peaches.
How are these wines found? Taking into consideration that fresh fruit is an attribute found in younger wines, that is, those wines from a young vintage, and that have not gone through the fermentation and maturation processes (since after them the fruit character fades, and other layers of aromas related to these processes appear), is that the youngest wines have a juicier character than the rest. And what varieties? Especially wine grapes such as Pinot Noir, Gamay, Garnacha, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc, since they are characterized by having softer tannins.
In addition to a low tannin load, juicy wines usually have slightly less alcohol. It is all these characteristics that make them very easy drinking and refreshing wines to be enjoyed cold and to accompany light meals. They are also ideal to enjoy when the weather is hot.
A rosé wine with this character, which you should not miss trying, is Marques de Casa Concha Rosé 2020, made from 90% Cinsault and 10% Garnacha, and whose juiciness is perceived in the aromas and flavours of pomegranate and melon that is not overshadowed by oak (because it is aged in concrete eggs, which do not provide aromas, but instead emphasize the fruit). A wine with a low alcohol content (12.5%), perfect to enjoy as an aperitif or with fresh dishes.
Another excellent, very juicy white wine is Terrunyo Sauvignon Blanc 2021, also with a low alcohol content (only 11.9%) and aged for 7 months in stainless steel tanks with the aim of retaining its fresh fruit aromas as much as possible. Ranging from currants, to lime and some white flowers, this wine is delightfully drinkable thanks to its crisp acidity (i.e. juiciness). Be sure to try it with fresh oysters.
Finally, if you prefer red wines, Marques de Casa Concha Pinot Noir 2021 is another sample that shows concentrated notes of raspberries and fresh cherries, as well as being fine and delicate. Special for pairing delicate and light preparations.
Now you just must put it into practice and decide if juicy wines are or are not your thing!