Dirt affects the taste of wine. Ray Isle explain what kind of soil is best for vines.Dirt affects the taste of wine. Ray Isle explain what kind of soil is best for vines.
This is going to sound strange but dirt, if you're into wine, is a really interesting subject, and the reason is because it really affects the way wine tastes. Let's say you take a Cabernet Sauvignon vine and you plant one of them here in really rich, fertile dense clay soil It rains, the water comes into the soil, and it just kinda stays there. Now vines like water, they're happy with that. Plant the other one here on the hillside. Broken up shale, broken up schist, really poor soil, terrible for plants. The vines have to work harder to get the nutrients they need. They produce fewer grapes. The grapes have tougher skins. They're little small grapes with big intense, big Thick skins, lots of tannins. Suddenly you've got a cabarnet that when you pour it into a glass and taste it, it's bloated with tannins, it's massive, it's powerful. This one is light, fruity, and kind of pleasant. Very different wines, same grape. Grape variety largely because of the different soil. So the next time you open a bottle of wine, pour yourself a glass, take a moment. Think, I wonder what kind of soil this grape was grown in. Is this why this wine tastes this way?