Everything around a grape while it's growing affects the flavour of the wine. In winemaking, this is known as terroir and some South African winemakers are taking it to the next level with their ' Minimal Intervention' wines.
We like to break it down like this: Minimal intervention is about getting out of the way of the natural flow of energy. Energy cannot be created or destroyed, just transferred into another form. Grapevines are used to turn the energy of the sun into grapes, using the building blocks that the vines find in the soil. If you use chemicals and other foreign agents in your vineyard, you start adding different building blocks to the mix. When it comes to harvest, there's plenty of bio-available yeast around, so you don't need to add more from a completely different terroir. Get out of the way the grapes want to be wine, and if you do it right you get liquid sunshine.
Put more simply, the principle of minimal intervention tries, wherever possible, to add nothing and remove nothing in the winemaking process from the vine to the vat. Some may still add a small amount of preservative at the bottling stage, but that is a winery-to-winery decision.
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