This blog is all about the indulgence of wine and what wine is all about. As we all know, wine is an alcoholic beverage that is made from fermented grapes. There is such a vast range of wines with such different flavours and tastes. Some people love it, some people hate it that’s just the way with just about anything..including wine. Here in the riddler we are all about our wine, we love it and we hope that our customers do too. We sell some beautiful wines from all over the world. We serve Italian, French, South African, Australian, Spanish, Chilean and New Zealand wines in all shapes and sizes. Robust or delicate? White or red? There are many choices when it comes to choosing a wine.
The oldest known evidence for the use of grapes as part of a wine recipe with fermented rice and honey was in China, about 9,000 years ago. Archaeologists found some evidence and signs that wine was made in these days was by the seeds, skins and stalks of the grape. As well as pottery and wine making apparatus that apparently was used in the wine making process.
Red wine is made from grapes with dark coloured skin and the strength and colour of a red wine can depend on how old the grape is. The older the grape the stronger the colour and flavour and the younger the grape the colour will be light and the flavour mellow. Fermentation of the non-colored grape pulp produces white wine. The grapes from which white wine is produced are typically green or yellow. Some varieties are well-known, such as the Chardonnay and Sauvignon.
The process of making wine has 5 initial steps: Picking the grapes, Crushing the grapes, Fermenting the grapes into wine, ageing the wine and bottleing the wine. First the grapes are picked and put into barrels of white or red, then they are transported to the crushing pad. A machine removes the stalks, leaves and other debris where the grapes are then crushed. After crushing the grapes they are then pressed into juice and the juices is removed from the skin and pulp. Then it’s the most important step, the fermentation process, which is where the sugar converts to alcohol. There are different technologies and techniques for different grapes. Red and white wines: yeast is added to the vats so that fermentation can take place. Red wines: carbon dioxide is released during fermentation which causes the grape skins to rise to the surface. Winemakers must punch down or pump over the cap several times a day to keep the skins in contact with the juice. The red grapes are pressed after fermentation is complete. After racking to clarify the wine, the reds will spend several months aging in barrels. The wine is then aged according to the type of wine being produced, it is then bottled, labelled and shipped out.
We have a glorious range of wines which include Red, White, Rosé, Sparkling wines and Dessert wines. One of our white wines, Villa Teresa, Pinot Grigio (Italy) 2016, is a light, crisp wine which is complemented by aroma notes of lemon, green apple and blossoms. Which is very refreshing. In our red wine section we have our Bodega Piedra Negra, Malbec (Argentinian) 2016. This wine profile is richer and more intense. It is a fruit-driven wine against a backbone of oak with Plum and violet flavors.
In the Rose wine section we have Domaine de l’Herre (France) 2015 which is lively and fruity and can be enjoyed for any occasion, as an aperitif or with fish and seafood. With sparkling wine we have a H Blin Demi Sec, Champagne (France) which is a light champagne mix with flavours of berry and deep oak. When it comes to dessert wines we have the Deen de Bortoli Botrytis Semillon (Australia) which has characters of dried apricots and marmalade with a touch of oak in this delicous dessert wine.
Our full wine list is above on our website so check it out if you are interested. So drop in to us and you can sample our wine collection yourself. Our wines goes very well with our dinner menu also. So Wine-Not drop by!