Jefford on Monday: Shades of Orange
Jefford explores the taste of orange wines...
Jefford explores the taste of orange wines...
Should orange wines be chilled or served a little warmer?
Orange wines are the most characterful, thrilling and food-friendly styles on our shelves today, with their deep hues, intense aromas and complex flavours.
Lifted fruit with honey and herbal aromas. Savoury with good depth and nice layers, and a very long finish; lively and vivacious.
Bright, light gold hue with intense notes of dried herbs, spices, fresh tobacco and camomile. The palate has nutty tannins, bright acidity, and great balance; very enjoyable.
Herbal, honeyed nose and palate with cinnamon lift. Dense and complex with a finish that is long, showing notes of cumin, tea leaf and dry tobacco. Sophisticated and fresh.
Intense and aromatic nose of ripe apricot, fenugreek and sweet lime. Silky texture: long, complex and beautiful – what skin contact can bring to the equation. Great food wine.
Spiced, baked apple nose. It has a good bite, nice depth and earthiness with everything in balance. Finishes with a nice, chewy texture.
Beautiful, intense honeyed peach and apricot. Savoury fl avours of walnut and nice ripe tannins, and a texture that is beautifully executed. An accessible style with length and freshness.
Lavender and earth aroma. Lovely depth of fruit, with great tension and nice contrast between tannin and freshness. Poised wild thyme finish.
Attractive perfumed nose: jasmine-scented apple fruit. High acidity, quite tannic structure but has a nice freshness. Quite complex with layers and a nice nuttiness on the finish.
Pale gold with a delicate nose that is multilayered and elegant. Bitter almond and citrus fl avours with bright acidity and a blossom finish.
Inviting stone fruit nose with a savoury smoke intensity. Complex palate of liquorice, green tea and honeyed apricot. Great tension and lots of personality.
Vibrant, gold colour with lemonmeringue pie and quince jelly aromas. Sweet spices on the palate, which is rich, concentrated, and has great freshness – almost lime-like. Grippy tannins with a hint of honey on the finish.
Very aromatic and elegant; attractive aromas of quince, ripe apple, citrus and a hint of honey. Nice texture from the tannins and good overall balance leading to a fine, refreshing finish.
Deep gold, with a lush perfume of complex spices. Fine texture, lifted aromas and good balance of ripeness and tannic grip from the skin contact. Notes of dried herbs; very complete
Elegant nose with good intensity of ripe apricot, sweet spices, and floral notes. Nicely textured with good tannin structure, vibrant acidity and lovely purity of fruit. Finishes with almond and lime flavours.
Wonderfully aromatic, jasmine-scented nose. Quite aromatic on palate. Good tension, lots of layers and ripe tannins. A harmonious wine with focused fruit and perfect for food.
Apricot and orange zest nose with dry tobacco leaf lift. High acidity, elegant and vibrant with depth and complexity. Nutty with honeyed flavours and a fresh, bitter orange finish.
Shy nose of peach and honey. Tight structure with lots of depth and power; it has many layers of savoury, dried apricot and honey. Well rounded and extremely long.
In December 2014, Decanter held it's first blind tasting of 72 orange wines. Wines entered had to be made using traditional winemaking methods with a minimum of four days’ skin contact. The tasters were Simon Woolf, Decanter’s tastings director Christelle Guibert and Isabelle Legeron MW.
Intensely aromatic nose of ripe fruit. Elegant and refreshing palate of rose petal, Turkish Delight, and herbs. The tannins bring elegance to the aromatic nature of the grape and ends with a honeyed finish.
Ripe honeydew melon and citrus nose. Really lively, sprightly apricot and peach fruit with a nutty finish. Powerful, robust and tense with a dried spice finish. A wellpriced, approachable white to introduce newcomers to the orange wine style.
Pale gold with an orange hue. Appealing, rich, smoky and herbaceous nose. Palate has lovely density, fine tannins, good fruit and a long, toasty, complex finish
Delicate, pale gold colour; great poise and detail in this wine. Perfumed with southern Mediterranean dried herbs, acacia and liquorice. Has tension and intensity with a long finish, and lots of layers.
Herbaceous and fresh with aromas of greengage, apricot and white blossoms. Concentrated, long, delicious and very easy drinking; probably a great way to get started with orange wines.
Cloudy, light lemon gold. Spicy and delicate with notes of dried bay leaf and lemon. An honest, young wine with lovely elegance that could benefit with more bottle maturation.