I have mentioned before that the UK Co-op is a good retailer of wine. For this blog, my idea was to write about the Carmenere grape but my eyes were drawn to the ingredients section. Let us be fair, the Co-op is fairly progressive when it comes to their food and wine labelling but this list just amazed me. It makes you wonder what other wine makers may be hiding. No jokes about Austrian anti-freeze, please.
Let’s have a look at each one.
Sulphar Dioxide. This is added to kill yeasts and to stop the wine oxidising.
Potassium metabisulphate. Protects the colour and delicacy of the wine.
Oak Chips. Throwing some chips in saves on having to mature it in an oak barrel
Carbon dioxide. Adds to freshness of wine and preserves acidity.
Diammonium phosphate. A yeast nutrient to speed up or strength fermentation.
Lactic bacteria. Used to give better control to the fermentation process
Bentonite. Is a fine clay used for fining the wine. we have come on here as we used to use milk, blood, egg whites or fish swim bladders. Yum!
Anyway, the wine was lovely but after all that a cup of tea beckons.