Which white wines are usually a little sweet?
You may be surprised but, one of the most common comments I hear among people approaching wine is that they do not drink a certain kind.
A lot of my girlfriends, for example, don’t drink reds, many people don’t like dessert wines or can’t understand rosés, others find white wine too acidic.
Obviously everyone has its own taste, and we should always drink what we like and enjoy, but it is also important to be open-minded and, since the amazing variety of the wine world offers plenty of alternatives, there is basically something for every taste.
So today I’ve decided to go through those white wines where the acidity is gentle and maybe slightly hidden behind strong sweet aromas or some residual sugar, in order to find something for those that don’t drink white wines because of their acidity.
Let’s have a look at our options:
This grape gives wines with intense notes of tropical fruits (pineapple, mango, lychee), but also candied fruit and sweet spices. The taste is soft, spicy and round, with a long persistence.
Best examples of Gewurztraminer come from Alsace.
Gewurztraminer HUGEL 2007 AOC Alsace
Muscat is a family of grapes rather than a single varietal, with differences that depend on the specific type and on the area where it is cultivated, but all Muscat wines are characterized by an intense olfactory profile and a kind of sweet taste due to it high residual sugars. The nose is refined with fruity, vinous and floral notes.
Try the ones from Sicily.
I have to say it to say right away: not all Rieslings are sweet. This is a eclectic grape variety that can produce wines with a distinctive acidity but also off-dry and super sweet wines of excellent complexity.
Normally the nose is not as opulent as a Gewurztraminer, but it’s really elegant with hints of peach, citrus, a few aromatic herbs and even hydrocarbons at times. Structure and alcohol are always very low, but in the mouth they are almost oily with a complex palette of flavours.
Almost no need to say: Riesling is Germany, Germany is Riesling.
`Schlossberg` Schloss Vollrads Riesling.
Similar to the Muscat, Malvasia is a big family of grapes. Although of different origins, all these vines share some basic characteristics: they all present, even if with varying degrees of intensity, a spicy fragrance of musk and apricot and rather high sugar residues. This makes these grapes particularly suitable for the production of sweet wines, but also capable of producing wonderful dry wines with a good softness and a gentle acidity.
Excellent examples come from North-Eastern Italy and Croatia.
High sugar residues. makes these Malvasia particularly suitable for the production of sweet wines.
Matošević `Alba` Malvazija Istarska
This grape typically produces fresh, medium-bodied, moderately alcoholic wines with medium acidity, both dry, semi dry, sweet and sparkling. The semi-dry wines are very fragrant, with notes of honey, white flowers and moist straw.
The typical flavors include ripe apple, pear, peach and honey hints. High quality Chenin Blancs have a long, persistent finish of sweet fruit and the ability to age for decades, due to their perfect balance between acidity and residual sugar.
Loire Valley is Chenin Blanc reign.