Be care­ful with wine

North East Tourist News - - Wine Country -

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.

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