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Tasting - Wine Diploma

Tasting - Wine Diploma

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WSET
®
Systematic Approach
to Tasting Wine
(Diploma)
CHECKLIST:EXAMPLES OF TASTING TERMS
APPEARANCE
Clarity
bright – clear – dull – hazy –
(faulty?) 
Intensity
water-white – pale – medium (-) – medium – medium (+) – deep – opaque
Colour
white
lemon-green – lemon – gold – amber – brown
rosé
pink – salmon – orange – onion-skin
red
purple – ruby – garnet – tawny – brown
(rim and core)
Other
legs/tears, deposit, petillance, tints/highlights
observations
NOSE
Condition
clean – unclean
(fault:oxidised – out of condition – cork taint – other ) 
Intensity
light – medium(-) – medium – medium(+) – pronounced
Development
youthful – developing – fully developed – tired/past its bestdeliberate oxidation?
Aroma
fruit – floral – spice – vegetal – other
characteristics
CONCLUSIONS
Quality
faulty – poor – acceptable – good – very good – outstanding
Reasons for quality
eg balance, concentration, complexity, length
Origins/variety
eg - location (country, region)
 /theme
eg - grape variety/varietieseg - production methods/climatic influences etc
Price
(approximate retail price):
Age (in years)
(age in years):
Readiness for
Needs time to develop
(how long?
– ready to drink, but can develop further
(how long?
drinking/potential
– ready to drink, but can keep
(how long?
– at peak/drink soon – tired/past its best
for ageing
PALATE
Sweetness
dry – off-dry – medium-dry – medium – medium-sweet – sweet – luscious
Acidity
low – medium(-) – medium – medium(+) – high
Tannin
level:
low – medium(-) – medium – medium(+) – high
nature:
eg ripe/soft vs unripe/green/stalky, coarse vs fine-grained
Alcohol level
low – medium(-) – medium – medium(+) – highfortified (low/medium/high level?)
Body
light – medium(-) – medium – medium(+) – full
Flavour intensity
light – medium(-) – medium – medium(+) – pronounced
Flavour
fruit – floral – spice – vegetal – other
characteristicsOther observations
eg texture, balance
Length
short – medium(-) – medium – medium(+) – long
Copyright Wine & Spirit Education Trust 2009
Wine SAT 06.09

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