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Stephen Wallace
 
24 August 2018 | Stephen Wallace

Why Aerate Wine?

Why Aerate Wine?                                                            

Simple answer.. because it makes all red wines and some white wines taste heaps better!

I often get customers to taste the huge difference that aeration makes.

I pour them some wine straight from the bottle and then in another glass pour some wine using our Vinoair Aerator.

 

Every customer so far has prefered the aerated wine 'the aerated wines seems smoother, with a bit more to it.' The aerated wine is more lifted, bigger and brighter. The more full-bodied reds open up and show more complexity after the extra air contact.

 

Aeration works by allowing the wine to oxidise. The increased oxidation softens the tannins and seems to smooth out the wine. Aerating plays a huge part in enhancing your drinking experience; first off, it releases a wine's beautiful aroma. The aeration creates bubbles this increases the surface area allowing the wine to show off its beautiful scents.

While in the bottle, wine is reacting with oxygen and constantly changing, just at a slower rate than when it's out of the bottle. 

In a sense, aerating wine is mimics or speeds up the wine's ageing, so effectively giving you a snapshot of the wine's cellaring potential. 

And of course, this means you are going to get the very best out of the wine you are drinking today! 

 

So, if you're tucking into a beautiful full-bodied red like our Reserve Shiraz or Petit Verdot or have a certain penchant for our Museum Wines, make sure you aerate them before you drink them.

 

A marvellous way of not having to decant a whole bottle is by using one of these amazing pourers. It aerates your wine as you pour! And the best bit...if you haven't finished the bottle, you've only aerated the wine your drinking.

If you aerate wine by decanting the bottle and don't finish the bottle, as you've speeded up the ageing process the wine is unlikely to be any good the next day.

                                                                          

 

Decanting Wine

Decanting wine is another way of aerating your wine. 

Decanting is usually best for full-bodied red wines or wines that have aged. It does 3 essential things:

  • Aerates
  • Catches Sediment
  • Increases surface area in which the wine can release the aroma.

Over time, as a red wine ages, the Tannins clump together and fall to the bottom of the bottle forming sediment. This sediment is not very tasty and should be avoided at all costs. If you allow wine to sit in a decanted for an hour or more, the sediment will fall to the bottom of the decanter and be caught in the dimple at the bottom, making the wine you drink from it free from sediment, while also aerating. 

Learn more about How Wine Ages

If you are having guests over for dinner who enjoy red wine, make sure you crack the bottle and pour it in a decanter at least 30 minutes before they arrive. Don't be scared to give it a swirl to slosh it around, this will open up the wine perfectly.

You're now ready to enjoy wine at it's fullest potential.

Cheers!

*Important Note* - Not all wines need to be aerated. Aerating certain wines can actually ruin their complexity and destroy their flavour characteristics hugely.

Avoid aerating lighter-bodied reds such as Pinot Noir, and fresh white wines, such as Verdelho, Sauvignon Blanc or Unwooded Chardonnay.

Time Posted: 24/08/2018 at 2:00 PM
Laura Pearse
 
4 May 2018 | Laura Pearse

5 Perfect Gifts for Wine Lovers

 

Buying wine for a wine lover can be hard. Wine is so subjective, and personal preference can make selecting the right bottle tricky. So here at Upper Reach Winery, we have put together some gift ideas that will absolutley thrill a wine lover. 

A Wine Appreciation Class  |  A terrific way for them to get a true understanding of wine and wine styles. Perfect for beginners and wine lovers alike.

A formal seated tasting experience, in the back of the working winery surrounded by tanks, barrels and winemaking equipment with a friendly casual vibe.

Learn about the difference between sweet/dry, what oak does to a wine and aged wines. You will get a very good understanding of the basics and be tasting like a pro in no time. There will be wine tasting throughout the class, so you can put your new knowledge into action. Due to CIVID-19 classes temporarily suspended, but will resume as soon as restrictions are lifted. Vouchers available via the Wine 101 link below.

 

Wine 101  $55pp     |      Wine 101 & Lunch $105pp

Wine 101 vouchers

 

A Winery Tour  |  An all-inclusive tour experience is the perfect way to explore a boutique winery to get a real understanding of what it is like to grow grapes and how we make our wine. 

Walk through the vineyard, discovering the grape varieties that make the region so special then tour the working winery, wine tasting as they go while we explaining the whole winemaking process. Sample the wines directly from tank or barrels, just like the winemaker. Tours have been suspended during the COVID-19 situation but will resume as soon as it is safe to do so. Get mum a voucher so she can book a tour and have a treat to look forward to in the coming months.

         Winery Tour & Tasting $40pp     |      Winery Tour, Tasting & Lunch $95pp

Winery Tour Vouchers

         

Get them their very own vineyard for the night | Treat them to a break in our vineyard Spa cottage. Our historic cottage is the original workers cottage built in 1907.

The cottage has a stunning views from the deck overlooking our vineyard. Settle down for the afternoon with a glass of wine, a platter, or BBQ on the rear deck and watch the most amazing sunset over the vines. Walk the vineyard trail down to the Swan River, there is only one cottage so they will have the whole vineyard to themselves.

            Weekday 2 Night Stay $398  |  Weekend 2 Night Stay $598

Cottage Gift Vouchers

 

 

Upper Reach Gift Cards  |  What better gift to give a wine enthusist but wine?!? Great gift idea for the last minute gift.

Instant gift cards available $50  $100  $250 

These gift cards can be used for our winery tours, wine classes, cottage stays, and of course Wine! Perfect if you are a little unsure what wine styles they like (we can be a little snobby, us wine folk, when it comes to personal wine preferences)

Gift Cards

         

Value 6 packs | These great value 6 packs can be ordered online with your personal message included in the box and shipped to the recipients home or office anywhere in Australia. There are 4 value packs to choose from, so you can be sure to find the perfect bundle at a really great price!

 

Choose a Value 6 Packs

 

Time Posted: 04/05/2018 at 1:00 PM