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Twelftree on Tannin


Confounded by tannin? Curious about how winemakers work with this essential but sometimes polarizing element of wine? Bill St. John explores the topic in the Chicago Tribune in detail this week, and begins his piece with insight from Two Hands’ Michael Twelftree.

Michael Twelftree, the proprietor and managing director of Two Hands Wines in Australia’s Barossa Valley, describes the experience of tasting a red wine this way: “The fruit is the engine and railcars; the acidity is the rails; and the tannins are the brakes.”

Intriguing, right? You’ll definitely want to check out St. John’s column, “What is tannin? And what’s it doing in your wine?” which appeared in the February 9 Tribune.

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