Hot or Cold, Wine Temperature Matters

Hot or Cold, Wine Temperature Matters

 

Imagine with me, you just bought a bunch of different types of wine to try and you come home only to find out that all these different wines require different care in storage. Suddenly the fun task of drinking wine and feeling fancy is gone and the anxiety of many hours of research is upon you. Fear not just simply read below to know why and how we store different wines differently.

It is important to note not all wines can be chilled at the same temperature due to their different chemical composition.

  • White wine is known for its acidity.
  • Sparkling Wine has carbon Dioxide (CO2).
  • Red wine's texture comes from its tannis.
  • Dessert wines have residual sugar.
  • Most importantly they all have different amounts of alcohol.

Now that you know why wines need to be kept in different environments, let us look at what temperature they all belong too.

  • Red & Fortified Wine: Red wine that is too warm tastes flabby and alcoholic, when its too cold it tasted dull. That is why it is very important to store red and fortified wine between 12°C - 18°C or 55°F - 65°F.
  • White & Rosé: Lighter, fruity wines are best when cold, but you do not want them too cool and lose their delicate aromas and acidity. Therefore, store white and rosé wines at 7°C - 10°C or 45°F - 50°F.
  • Sparkling Wine: Similar effects happen to sparkling wines taste when cooled too much as they do to white and rosé but due to carbon dioxide present in Sparkling wine their temperature range is slightly different. Store sparkling wines at 4°C - 10°C or 40°F - 50°F.

  

Climate Matters

Warm or Cool. Know when and how your wine grapes were grown. The warmer the region, the faster the grapes ripen and the riper the flavour profile. Whereas grapes grown in cooler regions take longer to ripen but tend to have better natural acidity than warm climate grapes, causing their taste to resemble lime candy like in intensity.

Now, Australia is a big country. How big? You ask. Well it is the sixth largest country in the world but only has five percent of the world’s population. Despite all this we make some excellent wine. Call it our passion, our dedication to the craft or simply just our love for wine. We have plenty of geographical locations that produce amazing wines and while I cannot list them all here. I will share with you the 10 best areas for wine in the below table and tell you what type of wine they are best known for and are grown in what type of climate.

Region

Temperature

Best Known For

Adelaide Hills

Cool climate

Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Barossa Valley

Warm climate

Shiraz

Canberra

Cool climate

Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Merlot

Clare Valley

Warm climate

Shiraz, Cabernet, Sauvignon

Hunter Valley

Warm climate

Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon

Margaret River

Warm climate

Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon

McLaren Vale

Warm climate

Grenache, Shiraz

Mornington Peninsula

Cool climate

Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Tasmania

Cool climate

Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Yarra Valley

Cool climate

Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sparkling Wine

 


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