What does freshness mean?
Freshness is an increasingly popular tasting note, and one used overwhelmingly positively.
It refers to a wine that is a combination of some of the following: young, strongly acidic, with vivid but lighter aromas, low to medium alcohol, and light in body and colour.
The reason it’s so sought after now, is to do with the trend it is swinging back from.
The last few decades have been defined by Robert Parker. He was a wine critic in the US with a penchant for the bold, highly alcoholic, ripe reds of Bordeaux, the Rhone, and Napa Valley. His influence led to many winemakers adapting their style to suit his. As such a boom was created for reds that kept creeping up and up the ABV. And freshness has risen in response to that.