Does your old wine benefit from ‘fresh air’ or not?
Written by Peter Verbeek
Let’s start with stating the obvious: wine is a good thing! There are wines in all different sorts and in all different price ranges. Most of the cheaper once still taste pretty decent as well. Wine is build. With modern techniques it is easier than ever to still create a good wine from a bad harvest. Where a wine farmer used to live under a wet roof to control the temperature, they can now simply press some buttons. This makes it easier than ever to create ‘every day wines’.
For most people their wine cabinet exists of mainly ‘every day wines’. But there are other wines, mainly older red wines from Europe or sometimes the New Wine World. These wines are produced by farmers that are craft men with passion and especially patience. These wines are not made to drink right after bottling, as there is a very high level of tannin present in the bottle. This makes the flavor of the wine tough and hard and the flavors have yet to develop. These wines have to age in the bottle as it’s called. They breathe through the cork and in during the years the taste develops. Wines like these you don’t just drink, you experience them. With every sip you feel and taste the passion of the farmer that made the wine and when you close your eyes you can see him working the fields while his wife is preparing the hand press.
So what does this have to do with the Slow Pourer? I’ll tell you. Before you can enjoy your, in this case red, wine there is more to it than just drinking. After all, assuming you’re not drinking from the bottle, the wine has to get into a glass. Older wines mostly have a cork, as explained before this enhances the aging on the bottle process. Because these wines have already been subjected to oxidation in the bottle, they will now benefit from being poured with as little oxidation as possible.
Place the thin metal stem into the neck of the bottle. The plastic tube goes all the way to the bottom of the glass, to avoid the wine from swirling. You want to fill the glass as gentle as possible. Filling the glass will be like filling a bath, the wine level will slowly rise without swirling.
Does the wine taste better? That is up to you of course. At last, taste is something really personal. But I can describe the wine that I tasted poured with the Slow Pourer. I tasted a Bordeaux Superior from 2010. The advantage of the Slow Pourer is that the wine is pure. You taste that the wine has aged in the bottle and is not influenced by the air that usually touches the wine when you pour it in a glass. You taste the wine exactly as the winemaker meant it to be. Deeper aromas and flavors come to the surface and the aftertaste is fuller. Probably fuller than when you make an older wine swirl or decant in your glass.