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Young wine

Term for a wine that is often still cloudy and has only recently completed its alcoholic fermentation. It may therefore still need to be clarified. The two preliminary stages are 1. Federweißer (Germany) or Sturm (Austria) and 2. Staubiger (Austria) - see also under Most. The definition according to the EU regulation: young wine is the "designation for a wine whose alcoholic fermentation has not yet ended and which has not yet been separated from the yeasts ".

current vintage

In common parlance, this term is also used to describe wines from the current vintage or wines intended for rapid consumption. Other terms with partly similar meanings are Heuriger, Junker and Primus (Austria), Joven (Spain), Nouveau (France) and Novello (Italy). Young wines have a special quality; they can differ considerably in colour and taste from wines that have matured longer. They may not yet have any flavour nuances (aromas), which only develop slowly during bottle maturation or ageing.

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