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Tim's Ravings

Posted by Tim Stevens on

Time is the true test of a red wine

At Huntington Estate, we believe that time is the true test of a red wine, and that great wines improve with age, growing in complexity, subtlety and finesse. That’s why we make our reds to age, and generally release them at 4 to 5 years old, confident they will continue to improve for at least another 5 years - more often than not 10 and more.

There are so many benefits to cellaring wine, from the experience of the product to more practical ones. Above all, there is simply no better way to achieve the subtlety, elegance and balance of a fine wine than through careful cellaring over time. There is also real pleasure in sharing special bottles nurtured for years; drinking wine from the year you graduated, met your partner, got married, went on that trip to Mudgee for the weekend, the year your child was born etc. A well-aged wine is extraordinary value for money, punching well above its weight. And of course making considered and interesting purchases

means always having a selection of great wine to hand to match every occasion and meal vs. grabbing a bottle at the bottle shop and hoping for the best.

If you haven’t got a cave deep under your Chateau where natural light doesn’t shine, and the thick stone walls moderate even the most extreme temperature shifts don’t panic. The next best thing is to empty the nest, evict a sullen teenager, equisition their air conditioned room and black out the windows. If that’s not an option, and you’re not allowed

to empty the linen press either, just try to find somewhere with moderate temperature changes ranges, and out of direct sunlight, e.g. internal cupboard under the stairs or a dark space against a cool external wall. There are also some excellent 3rd party wine storage places like Kennards, Wine Ark etc.that are surprisingly reasonable, and they come with the added advantage of preventing impulse raids on the good stu‘ff.

To find out more about the ins and outs of Cellaring Wine, including what to cellar, how to manage a cellar, what happens when wines age, and when to drink your wine, go to our website to download our new comprehensive guide.

Whether you are a veteran with a well-stocked cellar or a just starting out, the 24 Bottle Cellar Mixed Pack is a fantastic addition to your collection. With savings of 50% on a wide range of truly exceptional and exceptionally ageworthy wines that will only improve with age, I couldn’t recommend this mix more highly.

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