Ever wondered how some wines get their sweetness? Through a process called fortification, a distilled spirit such as brandy with mixed to the base wine which determines the sweetness. Sometimes, grapes are late-harvested to allow time for mould to grow on them. The mould, also known as botrytis, causes the grapes to be drained of water, leaving behind a concentration of flavour from the sugars within the fruit. A wine’s sweetness is also influenced by several factors, such as acidity, tannins and the variety of grape used.
Sweet wines often come with additions of fruity aromas and flavours from strawberry to raspberry to rhubarb. Due to the sweetness masking the taste of alcohol, these wines are a popular choice for their palatability, being able to pair well with lunch, dinner or desserts. Through Singapore iShopChangi’s online tax and duty-free shopping, you can sweeten your meals with a bottle of wine.