Wine Descriptions

If you’re new to wines you may find some of the terms associated with them difficult to understand. To help, we’ve put a few simple notes together that you might find useful.

  • Aroma/Bouquet: The smell of a wine — bouquet applies particularly to the aroma of older wines
  • Body: The apparent weight of a wine in your mouth (light, medium, or full)
  • Crisp: A wine with refreshing acidity
  • Dry: Not sweet
  • Finish: The impression a wine leaves as you swallow it
  • Flavour intensity: How strong or weak a wine’s flavours are
  • Fruity: A wine whose aromas and flavours suggest fruit; doesn’t imply sweetness
  • Oaky: A wine that has oak flavours (smoky, toasty)
  • Soft: A wine that has a smooth rather than crisp mouthfeel
  • Tannic: A red wine that is firm and leaves the mouth feeling dry