Minerality in Sauvignon Blanc – Part 3

Minerality in Sauvignon Blanc – Part 3

The romantic notion of soil minerals in wine…unromantically disproven Dr. Carien Coetzee Basic Wine 19 June 2019 Unlike virtually all other sensory attributes used to describe a wine, the word, “mineral”, is often taken to have a literal origin. Tasters...
Increasing Sauvignon blanc aroma with H2S!

Increasing Sauvignon blanc aroma with H2S!

Karien O’Kennedy Winetech Sounds like an April Fool’s joke doesn’t it? It is in fact no joke, it’s serious stuff. In fact, so serious that Pernod Ricard France applied for a patent in the USA that has since been granted. The application abstract states the following:...
Minerality in Sauvignon Blanc – Part 2

Minerality in Sauvignon Blanc – Part 2

A Research Summary Dr. Carien Coetzee 17 May 2019 Part 1 of our Minerality in Sauvignon Blanc series investigated i) cultural differences in the perception of minerality, ii) how minerality is perceived and iii) sensory attributes associated with the perception of...
Should we be afraid of pinking?

Should we be afraid of pinking?

Dr. Carien Coetzee 23 April 2019 During one of the sessions at the Concours Mondial du Sauvignon in March this year, we tasted a brilliantly clear wine which had the slightest pink hue. After confirming that there were no blending components to this Sauvignon Blanc...
Minerality in Sauvignon Blanc – Part 1

Minerality in Sauvignon Blanc – Part 1

A Research Summary Dr. Carien Coetzee 5 April 2019 There are so many questions regarding the perception of “minerality” in wine. The lack of scientific evidence leaves the many questions unanswered, but researchers are slowly inching closer to gaining valuable...