The procedures of making wine vary in their steps and that is shown by the different color and textures that the wine shows in the end. Rose wine which is more commonly known as rose’ is made from grapes. It is usually of pink or salmon color. It is made by the same procedure which we use to make white wine.
Rose wine is different from the white and the red wine in many ways. Now you can not just make rose wine by mixing white and red wine, instead there are many steps that you have to take to make it. Primarily it is made by blending red grapes with the white ones to get a better taste of wine. The steps for making rose wine are listed below:
Step 1: Bleeding:
In this step you bleed off some of the portion of the red wine after it has been in contact with the grape skin. The juice is left in contact with the grape. The more it is in contact with the grape the darker its color would turn out to be in the end. Most of the wine makers who want to have a specific texture or a specific color increase or decrease the amount of grapes in the vat.
Step 2: Pressing:
This process takes place as soon as the grapes come into the cellar. The grapes are pressed to increase the rate of diffusion of the color. The juice is left there and the contact of the juice with the grape skin is made for just a few hours and then it is removed. This is done so that the wine is given a softer color and texture.
Step 3: Limited maceration:
This step is the same step that is taken in the making of red wine. The only difference is the lesser or the limited maceration of the grapes’ skin in order to get a better color and texture. In this step that is taken for making rose’ the grapes are exposed to a little more amount of heat so that the grapes and their skins break down and are able to make phenols. The process of maceration continues till the yeast converts the sugar into alcohol.
Step 4: Run Off:
In this step the grapes are squished and they are crushed. Then about 10 percent of the juice is taken out and macerated with about the same amount of grape skin which was used before, so that more phenols are formed. Also the flavor gets better as well as the number of tannins. This free run juice is macerated for a few more minutes and then the rose wine is finally formed.
Step 5: Blending:
This step is not compulsory but most of the wine makers prefer carrying out this step before they complete the process of wine making. In this step the two kinds of wines are mixed with it so that a better PH of the wine is made. This process if not necessary and in most countries totally banned.
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