You know the type, loud as a motorbike, wouldn’t bust a grape in a….wine fight?

Anyway, there’s always one of your mates who seems to be a veritable Elon Musk when it comes to wine tasting – knows everything and is confidently vocal on variety, region and style.

Put them in their place with these descriptions.


Used for full-bodied wines, often those that have spent significant time aging in oak barrels.

Wines that are ‘rich’ are dense and opulent, with mouth-coating flavours.



This is a word used as a description for wines grown in cool climates, a ‘mineral’ wine is one that doesn’t display ripe fruit characters, but instead has a distinct tang and higher levels of acidity.


Often used in combination with ‘mineral’, this is a descriptor is all about the acid levels in the wine – think dry rieslings and young semillons. These wines are electric!



Fairly straightforward this one – think flavours of ginger, white pepper, or even a bit of heat brought on by high levels of alcohol.

For whites think gewurztraminer, for reds – Grenache!


Wines that are elegant are fine, graceful and focussed – they are built around a line of acidity and don’t have any obtrusive flavours – nothing stands out.


A wine that isn’t necessarily full of fruit, but instead has a slight rustic edge or an elevated level of acidity. Good examples include southern french reds or perhaps lean, dry rieslings.


Approaching advanced level wine tasting here – succulence in a wine is a combination of balance between acidity and fruit, as well as an inherent juiciness to the wine.

Sure to impress.


Here we’re talking about power! A full-bodied wine, that really covers all parts of your mouth when you taste it. Often high alcohol, lots of fruit, really big flavours.

Not a negative, just an expression of richness.


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