What in the world of oenology is tea wine?
Green Tea Wine.
Native Vines Winery in Lexington, North Carolina.
It’s most likely not what you think!
No grape juice, no fruit juice! Just water, yeast, sugar, and tea leaves!
12.5% ABV! That’s not a typo. This is not some light bodied delicate table wine!
Pale lemon in color, very clear.
Nose is prominent of a complex bouquet of floral aromas, raw honey, and mint tea.
On the tongue it’s sweet, though not cloying.
The wine has a nice structure and mouthfeel, medium alcohol and medium acidity balance nicely.
The flavor profile of a green tea is there, honey, lemon, ginger, and mint all intermingled.
The finish is pleasant and lingering, showing banana, lemon, and pineapple. Think juicy fruit gum.
It’s certainly an unique wine, something we’ve never experienced before. We quite enjoy.
So just what is it? Well it similar to a dandelion wine. Tea leaves do not naturally contain sugars.
However as we know, yeast ferments sugars to produce alcohol. Therefore, sugar is added to the water and tea mixture so that the pitched yeast can perform it’s heavenly magic!
The surprising result is 12.5% alcohol.
An article written by Megan Crotty for Our State Magazine, quoted winemaker and Native Vines Winery owner Darlene Gabbard, as saying the idea for Green Tea Wine came to her in a dream.
Gabbard, a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, stated that her Native American heritage taught her to believe in her dreams!
She sourced a blend of tea leaves from Japan to get the flavors true to her liking!
No doubt this wine is different, though in our humble opinion, it’s a very good kind of different!
$16 a bottle.
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