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Tertini Wines has continued its extraordinary
success at wine shows with Gold at the Tri
Nations Wine Challenge, Gold & Top 10 at
the International Riesling Challenge and Gold
& Top 40 at the NSW Wine Awards. The
small range of Tertini wines---Riesling, Ar neis,
Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir---have now won
over 175 trophies and medals at regional,
national and international wine shows since the
first vintage in 2005.
Cellar Door open Thurs-Mon 10am-5pm
Kells Creek Road (off Wombeyan
Caves Rd) via Mittagong.
T: 02 4878 5213
THERE IS no secret or skill to wine assessment, it
simply requires practice!
Pour only a small amount into the glass initially.
Swirl the glass anti-clockwise, using a strong wrist
action, then watch as the wine coats the inside of
the glass. Hold the glass up to a natural light
and look at how the wine runs down the inside
of the glass. This is referred to as the "legs" or
"tears". If the wine clings to the side of the glass and moves
slowly, we could say it has "good legs" as it appears that
the wine is therefore full bodied and will coat the mouth
when we drink it. If the legs are thin, this could mean that
the wine is young and more light-bodied. Legs are simply an
indication of the weight and eventual complexity of the wine
on the palate.
Tilt the glass over a white background 45 degrees directly
away from you. The edges of the wine at this angle are
known as the meniscus. The colour of these edges are a clue
to the style of the wine and its provenance. A cool climate
wine, will have a pale meniscus which integrates with the
rest of the wine. Wines from warmer climates, tend to be
darker at the edges depending on the grape. For example
Chardonnay is usually gold, and riesling is green. Cabernet
sauvignon is a deep plum, while pinot noir is lighter with
The Art of Winetasting:
Part One: Appearance.
ANYBODY CAN TASTE OR ASSESS WINE,
WHETHER TO MATCH WITH A MEAL, AS A
GIFT FOR A FRIEND, OR DRINKING WITH
FRIENDS AT A GATHERING.
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