Maceration? WTF is that!
Maceration sounds a whole lot like massacre doesn’t it? Well it is a massacre.. of grapes – a glorious one at that.
Macerate literally means softened by soaking. In the context of wine making, maceration is a vital process used by wine makers to extract aroma, tannins and color from the grape to the wine by soaking grape skin, stem, pulp and seed together. FYI this process determines the tannins (partially) and if the wine turns out to be white , red or pink (like how I would like to see the world).
Grape varietal, temperature during maceration, duration and type of maceration plays a substantial role in the intensity, color and of course the taste of the wine. For example, a Cabernet Franc has thinner skin than a Malbec grape from Argentina which means more time is needed to infuse the color into the wine. With that being said, the time frame of letting the bits soak together is ultimately dependent on the wine makers.
Think of it as a bag of Oolong tea steeping in hot water for 10 min and a bag of Sencha steeping in hot water for 5 minutes.That ‘siap-ness’ in your mouth is exactly comparable to the level of tannins present in wines due to Maceration!
Bodegas El Nido is part of Gil Family Estates. This tiny winery was founded in 2002 and is located in the Aragona valley with over 44 hectares of 70-year-old Monastrell (Mourvèdre) and 35-year-old Cabernet Sauvignon. These are very old grapevines and all of them have a north to northeastern orientation.
Bodegas Borsao is the origin and engine of the D.O. “Campo de Borja” (Zaragoza, Aragón, north-eastern Spain) or the well-known “Empire of the Garnacha”.
Bodegas Ateca is one of six wineries belonging to the Gil Family Estates. The winery is well-known for its terroir-driven orientation and its use of indigenous grape varieties.
In the late 1990’s, Toni Sarrion began a one man crusade to save the indigenous variety Bobal and coax it from obscurity and rusticity to the forefront of truly world class wines.
Chacra was created by Piero Incisa della Rocchetta in 2004 with the intention of finding the most unobstructed expression of the climate, micro-climate, and terrior of Mainqué in the Río Negro region of Patagonia.