Preservative Free wines
Author: Jack simic
So what are Preservative free wines :
Presevative free wines made without the addition of sulphur dioxide. Sulphur is added to wines to protect from spoilage and oxygen by acting as an antibacterial agent. It also helps by preventing off flavours forming while protecting those desired flavours.
Having no sulphur in a wine does not mean the wine will not taste as good, it simply means it has a shorter shelf life than other wines that do contain sulphur. There are lots of people who are allergic to sulphur for all different reasons. Some people have a slight tolerance and others not at all.
Look for ‘Contains sulphites’ or ‘Preservative 220’ on the label – this indicates the use of sulphur dioxide.
Also red wine is lower in sulphur dioxide than white wine as it is higher in alcohol and as it contains tannins – It’s easier to make a preservative free red wine than a preservative free white wine for this reason
Me personally I struggle with Pres 220 and I find that the more age a wine has the effect on me seems to be multplied in that the older the wine the more it gives me headaches. So as a general rule I avoid wines with any age.
The quality varies dramaticlally in my opinion and they wines are really good or bad and my rule of thumb is that you stick with someone that has been doing for an awful long time and you will not go wrong.
I personaly think that Temple Bruer is the best Organic and Preservative free winemaker in the country and I would not go past them
Thanks Jack Simic