Whether you’re planning to age your wines for years to come or want to indulge in the short-term, there are four key aspects to bear in mind when considering storage to encourage your wines to deliver their true potential.
The number one factor to consider when storing you wine is the correct temperature as it is the key aspect in determining quality of wine in storage.
For long-term storage of all types of wine, the temperature should be cool and constant, preferably between 10°C and 15°C, as extreme heat or cold can cause irreparable damage. Therefore, a kitchen is one of the worst places to store wines due to the extreme temperature fluctuations.
Wines should be stored away from strong light, both natural and artificial, which will heat the wine and allow rapid oxidation and premature ageing which will cause the wine to taste stale and old. Sparkling wines are especially more susceptible to the influence of light. Keep wines in the dark or in their cartons and use low-wattage lightbulbs.
Wine sealed with a cork should be placed on its side, so the cork remains in contact with the wine, to prevent it from drying out. A dry cork will allow air to seep into the bottle and oxidise the wine. This results in a wine being ‘corked’ which will exhibit a wine lacking freshness and fruitiness and developing undesired aromas.
Wines that are screw cap do not have the same issue and can be stored standing up or lying down.
It is important that wines intended for long-term ageing are kept away from vibrations, to allow the liquid to remain undisturbed. For excellent examples of impeccably aged wines, Penfolds Grange rewards careful cellaring and patience with dimensional, complex flavour profiles.
For wines bottled with a cork, humidity is an important factor. Storing wine in an ideally humid environment, 65-75% humidity, will keep wine in a placid state and prevent corks from drying out. Wines bottled with screwcaps will be unaffected by humidity.
It is important to bear in mind that if the humidity is too high, labels can go mouldy and peel off and cardboard cartons can deteriorate.
So, whether you’re considering creating a wine cellar or just looking for a spare area in the garage to store your wine, keep these factors in mind and when the time is right, you’ll have a wine at the top of its game – trust us! Browse our range to find the best wines to suit your collection.
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