Tannins — Volume 2

As winemakers, you know that the final adjustment of wines using tannins is very important to achieve balance, mouthfeel, colour stability, longevity, and more. This is particularly important in cool climates where tannin development is often challenging for wines made with both vinifera and hybrid grape varieties.

Both red and white wines often benefit from the addition of tannins, depending on the growing season and the grape variety. As with most things, when choosing tannins, you get what you pay for — real natural grape and plant based tannins are very expensive to extract. Thankfully, DalCin Tannins have a high natural content and dose at low levels which makes them very economical to use, often costing just pennies per litre of wine.

In our previous blog, we discussed DalCin’s Infinity Fruity Red and Fruity White plant based tannins which are added prior to bottling to eliminate reductive sulfur compounds, including screw capped wines, and result in wines that consumers see as having premium qualities.

Adding high-quality tannins can help to create a velvety-quality of wine
and a very elegant and pleasant tasting experience. 

“He who knows how to taste does not drink wine but savours secrets.”
— Salvador Dali.

Introducing new Tannins

Due to demand, A.O. Wilson has introduced two new natural grape based tannins from DalCin, TOP-TAN AR and TOP-TAN SR. Added during ageing or just before bottling, these very versatile and flexible tannins will enhance your wines.

TOP-TAN AR*

Enhances red and white wine aroma and complexity. Primarily based on grape skin, this tannin enhances structure, roundness, and balance.

In full bodied white wines, TOP-TAN AR gives elegance and complexity by integrating with natural polyphenols for longer aging potential.

In red wine, it enhances fruity notes, complexity, and offers elegant toasty and spicy hints with increased colour stability and a longer aging potential.

Top Tan AR

TOP-TAN SR*

Enhances red wine structure and polyphenol stability. Primarily based on grape seed, this tannin produces mid palate, highly-structured red wines, binding with poly-saccharides leading to a richer more complex and balanced mouth feel. This plays an important role in colour stabilization as well as accelerating the reaction of anthocyanins binding.

TOP-TAN SR can be used in wines to balance under ripe, as well as over ripe grapes, or where the maceration process has not been optimal.

Top Tan SR

*Note: Lab trials should be conducted to assess the level of tannin to be added. Balanced integration is achieved in 7-10 days. As with all additions that are made before bottling, wines must be protein and colloid stable to avoid haze or filtration issues.

At A. O. Wilson, we are proud to carry a wide variety of tannins to help you enhance your wines. Whether you use a screw cap, a synthetic cork, or natural wood corks, your wines will be improved with tannins.

Using products like TOP-TAN AR or TOP-TAN SR to enhance your wine will help you produce a well-structured, balanced, and flavourful end product. See for yourself how these DalCin tannins can benefit your wines and request your samples today!