Being on Trend!
There are always fads to distract us and then there are those things in life which start off as outliers and soon become the new driving force.
One of the most pleasing things about the wine scene right now is it’s dynamism, diversity and ability to embrace the changing environment.
So what are some of the serious trends right now.
Light Reds and textural whites
It needs to be made clear that lighter-bodied reds don’t always equate to simple and easy, although many are effortless to drink. Why? They are unencumbered by oak and the fruit picked early to retain brightness and purity of flavour without bludgeoning levels of alcohol. Then there are the textural whites, judiciously handled with just the right amount of skin contact during fermentation to impart its magic and add another dimension to the wine.
Rosé has become a riveting category after a purgatory of gloppy, luridly coloured wines licked with sugar. Today, gentle coral hues lead to light- to mid-weighted wines, the best defined by crunchy energy, a thirst-slaking shimmy of herb and a dry finish.
These are hot right now in more ways than one. With soaring temperatures and parched conditions becoming the norm, these gems are thriving. They offer an array of aromas and flavours that provide inspiration to pairing with the new wave of culinary delights that are emerging. So keep an eye out for wines such as Vermentino, Fiano, Garnacha (Grenache), Nero di Avola and Tempranillo to name a few.
This is an interesting one and something of much conjecture. Lo-Fi has come about as a way to break free from the shackles of the wine term “Natural”, which has often been used and abused. In a nutshell, it allows the true essence of wine to shine through, via minimalist techniques such as wild yeast fermentation, limited filtering and additives and no mechanical intervention.
One of the defining trends of the last decade has been an embrace of all things organic. Grown, tended to and crafted with minimal intervention, organic producers have led the way in the establishment of a more sustainable viticulture, and the resulting wines have evolved to be among the most expressive and interesting wines to be found anywhere.
For those potentially wanting to go a step further in leading a sustainable life, there is also the genres of Preservative-free, biodynamic and Vegan friendly wines.
Whatever your bent, make sure to include one of these styles in your next wine purchase!