Being full bodied is a dominant wine characteristic of red wines. However, white wines aged in oak barrels may also be considered full bodied. The taste of a wine may be more or less intense, depending on the amount of tannins, acids, mannoproteins, and the wine's alcoholic volume.
Fuller-bodied wines are wines with a higher concentration of tannins and alcohol.
When we talk about a full bodied wine, we refer to the wine's structure and body, which will be greater the fuller the wine is. They are therefore richer, more concentrated and more potent wines. This concentration comes from compounds in the grape skin and the stalk. Grapes with higher levels of these compounds (tannins) have more structure.
Structure is perceived in tasting through the wine's body, wines with a fuller body are more structured, and may also come from maturation in barrels. The barrels, usually oak, integrate the so-called ellagic tannins into the wine. Thus, the higher concentration of tannins in the wine promotes a higher concentration of mannoproteins, which give the wine a full body.
Since full bodied wines have a higher alcoholic volume and a higher concentration of tannins, they are generally born in warmer regions. The Douro and Alentejo regions produce wines of great structure and volume. Try our full bodied wines Touriga Nacional Letra A and Palpite Branco in our online shop.