Balance: Wines

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Wine tasters say that a wine has balance, or is well balanced, if its alcoholic strength, acidity, residual sugar, tannins, and fruit, complement each other so that no single one of them is obtrusive on the palate. (Young wines are expected to exhibit more marked tannins than mature ones however.) This extremely important wine characteristic is unrelated to flavour, although see also harmony.