What to consider for the perfect enjoyment of fine wines:
Relaxed moments full of enjoyment sweeten everyday life and are becoming increasingly important, especially in times like these. Often, the little things in life, such as the enjoyment of a high-quality wine, are enough. Especially site wines are ideal for savouring unique moments of pleasure to the fullest – however, “good things come to those who wait”. Even after they have left the winery and arrived in the hands of gourmets, the maturing process of most single-vineyard wines progresses and increases the complexity of their taste. But it is worth the wait – if they are opened after a long time, it is a true experience for the senses.
Matured wines from the traditional vintner – 50 years and older
Every year, the Austrian winery Türk produces exceptional single-vineyard wines with unique characteristics. The Grüner Veltliner wines from the estate’s best sites, for example, have enormous ageing potential. Experienced winemaker Franz Türk reports on Veltliners from the vintages of 1947, 1949 and 1959, which decades later presented themselves incredibly fresh, lively and multi-layered – a unique experience. However, there are a few things that need to be taken into account, especially during storage: For ideal conditions, a constant temperature of around 10° C is required, which is mainly found in earth cellars. If bottles with a cork stopper are stored, the humidity also plays an important role, because the cork needs 75% relative humidity or more. A tip for all those who want to let their wine mature for years, like the Veltliners described above: Large bottles are better suited for the long ageing process. The legendary Veltliners, for example, were stored in 2-litre bottles, which were common at the time, and were not moved for decades before being enjoyed. In this way, the diverse flavours are retained and the best conditions for high-quality maturation are created during storage. Since many connoisseurs do not have the opportunity to store wines under such special conditions, the Türk winery has recently started offering single-vineyard wines that have already undergone their ripening process under Franz Türk’s careful observation. The 2016 vintage will be on sale this year – climatologically one of the warmest years in Austria and yet a cool vintage in terms of wine vegetation! A contradiction that promises an exciting wine. The special wines can now be ordered easily by e-mail (with the note Vinotheksweine) and enjoyed without a long wait.
Tips & tricks for a perfect taste experience
In order to really savour the aromas of quality wines, there are a few tips and tricks that should be considered. Among other things, decanting is important. This involves carefully decanting the wine from the bottle into a slender, tall carafe. The aim is to separate the wine from the sediment and also to protect it from too much oxygen contact through the shape of the carafe – this preserves the exquisite aroma that has developed over the years.