Monday, 21 November 2016

Which Wines Age Well?

It is a very common belief globally that the wines of older age are better than the young ones. The belief is also that as the wines age, there is a markedly different taste and aroma imparted to it, which makes these wines more expensive than the younger ones. Many people still do not know what wines also have an expiry date and are required to be consumed within a prescribed period. 

Wines get better with aging. This argument is contended by many wine experts who believe that ageing does not necessarily make wines better. There could be a few exceptions to the rule but the fact is that the young wines from the present vineyards have high demand due to their lower prices. There is no significant difference in wine characteristics unless these age well and develop truly distinguishable characteristics over a period of time. Some Australian wines such as Penfolds Grange, Henschke Hill of Grace, Glaetzer Amon-Ra, Peter Lehmann Stonewell and others are well known for getting better with age. 

Rules to determine which wines shall be allowed to age are not known to people. If you do not have good knowledge of wines, you might end up consuming wines that age well in your next meal. On the other hand, the wine which shall be consumed young might end up in your refrigerator. So, how to know which wines shall be kept for aging?

Well, there are very few wines which shall be stored for aging purposes. A good thumb rule on finding these wines could be to check their prices per bottle. All those which are below a certain price range are required to be consumed young. This price range could vary from person to person. Some might prefer drinking less than $20 wines young while some others might prefer drinking $40 and below wines in next meal and keeping the pricier ones in refrigerators. So, it is the premium wines, red or white, which are generally considered good for storing for a longer time duration. However, another good idea would be to cross-check the precise wine quality using help of internet research and digging out information from books.We can help you in deciding these wines. Following are some of the wines that are good for aging:

Red Wine

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
  • Pinot Noir
  • Syrah / Shiraz

White Wine

  • Chardonnay
  • Riesling
  • Sauvignon Blanc / Semillion

Dessert Wine

  • Hungarian Tokaji / Tokay
  • Riesling
  • Semillon / Sauvignon Blanc
  • Portugese Vintage Port
  • Madeira

Sparkling Wine

  • Prestige Cuvee Champagne

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