Minerality in Old World wines vs fruitiness in New World Wines


Hey there! Here’s a word you all hear being mentioned a lot in reference to a wine… “Minerality”.

Let me explain the simple concept which sometimes may seem very complex.

Old World wines are less fruity because there are less days of sunshine in Europe ( aka the “old world”). Since these wines are less fruity, the minerality in the soil is more pronounced than the fruit.

Pay close attention to the next Old World wine you taste! These wines contain earthy notes such as clay, gravel stone, wet stone, chalk, limestone, wet leaves and wet dark soil. These minerals are very present in the terroirs of Europe.

Remember my post about Mendoza Argentina? I said it was in the Cuyo Desert and average temps were in the 90’s. New World wines such as Malbecs, will have more fruit notes and less minerality.

Minerality is present in both red wines and white wines.

What this boils down to is that different terroirs have different compositions. Simple right? I told you…

Categories: Wine Wisdom

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One Comment on “Minerality in Old World wines vs fruitiness in New World Wines”

  1. Irene Caplan
    November 13, 2012 at 8:15 am #

    interesting about the mineral versus soil that produces more fruity fruits.XXO I.

    Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2012 02:42:45 +0000 To: irene_caplan@hotmail.com

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