Salacca wine? Well, I’m 100% sure you haven’t tried this wine before. There are of course plenty of famous wine out there like Bordeaux, Champagne, Chianti, Rioja, you name it, but Salacca? You’ll only find it in Bali, nowhere else.
Salacca wine (wine salak) is a Balinese liqueur made by fermenting and hedging fresh Salak Bali in mineral water, ragi and sugar. The sweet and sour flavors with typical snake fruit aroma is very appealing and if you’re a real wine lover, you should definitely try it.
You might be wondering how does it taste like. Indeed, it’s unusual and weird, so maybe there’s already a lot of question going on your mind right now. It does sound a bit weird but in a winery, this type of wine also called fruit wine.
“Have I aroused your curiosity yet and would you like to dare a toss with me? Let’s see how much would it take to get you drunk.”
The story behind Salacca Wine
Snake fruit is one of the most popular fruit commodity traded in Bali. In fact, you can see it in almost every fruit shop, restaurants or even hotels.
However, there’s so many snake fruit plantation in Bali which eventually lower its price in the harvest season. In the district of Karang Asem itself holds approximately 8 million snake fruit trees that are capable of producing 6 tons/hectare.
On top of that, unlike other fruits, snake fruit couldn’t last very long. This makes the price could reach as cheap as half cent a kilo.
Therefore, to increase the price, farmers are trying to process snake fruit into foods and beverages. This including Salacca Coffee, Salacca Chips, Dodol Salak, Pickled Snake Fruit, Salacca Wine and much more.
CV Dukuh Lestari led by Nengah Suparta is the pioneer in processing snake fruit into wine. The company has been in the business of wine-making since 1996. Up to this time, they are striving the wine industry even though there were times when things aren’t easy.
Today, they are capable of producing 1.000 liter of wine each year or around 1.500 bottles. Products distributions are local, so if you want to try it, I’m afraid you had to go to Bali.
How Salacca Wine is made : From snake fruit to glass
Estimated time needed: 364 days, 23 hours and 59 minutes.
Okay, we know that this Balinese wine is pretty much rare, and perhaps going to Bali is not an option for you right now. So, if I may ask, “have you ever make home made wine? or have you ever wanted to make one?”
If you’re a wine lover, you’ve probably dreamed of making your own wine at home. The process is actually simple but somewhat tedious. It takes at least one year before you can toss it with your friends or your loved ones.
Okay, the fact that you’re reading this part means the idea of making your own wine has crossed your mind. So, let’s get into it.
- Choosing and picking
The first step is choosing and picking grade A snake fruit that has appropriate maturity level, intact without any damage.
Before collecting the pulps, the skin needs to be very clean without any dirt or residue.
- Pulp collecting (fruit flesh)
The next step is peeling the fruit and separating the pulp from its seed.
- Slicing and mixing
The fourth step is slicing the fruit into small pieces and mixing it together with mineral water, ragi and sugar.
After that, then we need to place the mixture into a wine barrel for fermentation process. Usually, the process takes 2 weeks to complete.
- Extracting the liquid
After the fermentation process is complete, then the next step is extracting the liquid by pressing the wine barrel continuously.
The next step is placing the liquid extract into another wine barrel for filtering process. In this process we will adjust the wine into the desired alcohol level, which is 13,05%.
After the fermentation process reaches the desired alcohol level, move the filtered wine into the aging barrel to enter the hedging stage.
After 6 months, open the barrel then prepare for bottling process.
What does Salacca Wine taste like?
Okay, this time I want to look more like a professional wine taster, so I swirl and sniff it elegantly. “You taste what you are expecting to taste, right?” So I set my mind to think as it’s an exclusive wine, rare, and I’m the lucky one to ever taste it. Plus, I’m a professional wine taster, I know wines,.. haha.
Hmmm, (my brows wrinkled in contemplation)… Okay, I think it’s fleshy, the texture is soft and smooth with almost no after taste; this wine is bright. I should say that it is delicate, the sweetness and the aroma of a snake fruit are clearly there.
Well, trying something new for the first time, especially wines, anyone would probably feeling awkward or even weird but after a glass or two I think this is a decent wine for almost any occasion. Considering that it has 13,05% alcohol, its not like you will got tipsy after your first or second glass.