Be careful with wine
IN a recent IPSOS study conducted by Taylors Wines, 8 out of 10 Australians are drinking their red wine ‘at room temperature’.
While this may seem like normal behaviour, our warm Australian climate is actually having a negative impact on the flavour of our favourite shiraz, pinot noir or cabernet sauvignon.
The temperature of an average Aussie home ranges between 22C-24C, and according to industry experts, including the Court of Master Sommeliers, serving a red wine at this temperature robs it of its finesse and flavour.
This antiquated advice of drinking red wine at ‘room temperature’ originates from medieval French drawing rooms which were closer to a chilly 14C-16C.
White wine isn’t exempt from the harsh Australian sun either.
While nothing may seem more refreshing than a crisp glass of riesling poured straight from the fridge, chilling a white wine too cold can mask its flavours and aromas, making its acid flavours more pronounced.
To find out more about the optimum temperature to enjoy your wine purchases, feel free to consult the cellar door staff while you are visiting wineries in the North East.