On aging wine

What to consider when determine whether a wine will age well?

1. The colour and the grape:

Red wine, because their tannin content, can generally age longer than whites, and certain red grapes, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, tend to have more tannin than, say, Pinot noir, and age accordingly.

2. The vintage:

The better the weather conditions in a given year, the more likely the wines from that vintage will have a better balance of fruits, acids, and tannins, and therefore the potential to age longer.

3. Where the wine comes from:

Certain vineyards have optimum conditions for growing grapes, including such factors as the right soil quality, favourable weather, good drainage, and the slope of the land. All of the is contributes to producing a great wine that will need time to age.

4.How the wines are made:

The longer the wine remains in contact with its skins during fermentation, the more it will have of the natural preservative tannin, which will help it age longer. Fermenting and/or ageing in oak also increases tannin.

5. Wine Storage Conditions:

Even the best-made wines in the world will not age well if they are improperly stored. For long-term ageing, the best storage conditions for wine are 13C and 75 percent humidity.

 

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