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Racy Sauvignon Blanc wines

These racy Sauvignon Blanc wines come from New Zealand. When you're in the mood for a racy wine, and why not, think New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and other examples listed below.

This term refers to the vivacity and sharp
acidity usually found in young white wines. Common examples include Riesling, Italian Pinot Grigio and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

Raisining is a wine-making technique in which bunches of grapes dry on the vine or elsewhere such as on mats. This process concentrates the
sugar, and may produce an excellent wine.
Rancio means slightly rancid. It describes an flavor appreciated in a few wines such as Maderia, and generally disliked in other wines.
A raw wine is either too young to drink or is excessively
This term specifies a wine that has not been in contact with air for a long time.
A refined wine is
well-balanced and elegant.
Refining is the process in which a wine matures and develops
character in barrels or in bottles.
Residual sugar
Residual sugar is the sugar left after the wine has finished fermenting. Dry wines contain less than 2 grams per liter of residual sugar. Sweet wines contain much more residual sugar, perhaps 100 times as much, or even more.

A reticent wine seems to be restrained in its
bouquet or flavors. It may evolve with age.
Wines with a full, rounded fruity flavor are called rich.
The rim or meniscus is the outer edge of wine in a glass. Its color helps to determine a wine's age.
Ripe acidity
Tartaric acid is the main acid in ripe grapes. It has a fresh, fruity taste. Malic acid is the main acid in unripe grapes. It tastes hard and unpleasant, and is often transformed by
malolactic fermentation.
A robust wine is
full-bodied and vigorous.
Rotten egg
When a wine smells like rotten eggs it contains Hydrogen Sulfide, probably because of improper
yeast. This is definitely a problem.
A rough wine is coarse and either too
acidic or too tannic (or both).
Roundness is a very positive aspect of wines, implying balance among components including
acidity, glycerol, and tannins.
A rustic wine is a rough wine.
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