Ideal wine storage is an important consideration for wine that is being kept for long-term ageing. While most wine is consumed within 24 hours of purchase, fine wines are often set aside for long-term storage. Wine is one of the few commodities that can improve in flavour and value with age. But it can also rapidly deteriorate if kept in inadequate conditions. Here are 3 important facts to consider while storing your wine.
One of the key factors is to avoid direct sunlight or incandescent light, it can adversely react with phenolic compounds in wine and create “wine-faults”. Light-bodied white wines run the greatest risk from light exposure. For that reason, they are often packaged in tinted wine bottles that offer some protection from light. Wines packaged in clear, light green and blue coloured bottles are the most vulnerable to light and may need extra precautions for storage. Caesar Wine Cellars eliminate this thread by incorporating UV treated tinted glass and dimmed LED lights.
Some degree of humidity is required in order to keep wines with cork enclosures from drying out. Where as low humidity will cause cork to dry out. ALL wines, regardless whether it is Cabernet Sauvignon or Riesling, needs to be stored at the same consistent temperature of
14 ᵒC, and a humidity level of 55% to 75%. Here in Australia, many people overlook the need for a custom wine cellar cooler; it is a common misconception that basement temperatures generally remain cool and stable. While this may be true in relation to the ‘wine caves’ of Europe, traditional underground cellars are rare in this country.
Wine is very susceptible to changes in temperature. Another fact why temperature control is being an important consideration in wine storage. In general, a wine has a greater potential to develop complexity and a more aromatic bouquet, if it is allowed to age slowly in a relatively cool environment. The lower the temperature, the more slowly a wine develops. On average, the rate of chemical reactions in wine doubles with each 10 °C increase in temperature. Most experts recommend that wine be kept at constant temperatures between
10 °C and 15 °C.
Orientation of Bottle
While most wines can benefit from lying on their side, Champagne and other sparkling wines tend to age better if they are kept upright. This is because the internal pressure caused by the trapped carbonic gas provides enouh humidity and protection from oxygen.
Wine racks are usually designed to allow a wine to be stored on its side. The thinking behind this orientation is that the cork is more likely to stay moist and not dry out, if it is kept in constant contact with the wine.
If the wine is completely on its side, then this action will eject some wine through the cork. Through this so called “breathing” which can result from variations in temperature, oxygen may be repeatedly introduced into the bottle. As a result, it can react with the wine. An appropriate and constant temperature is therefore preferred.
Custom Designed Glass Wine Racks
Achieve maximum visual impact with the Float architectural wine display system by Caesar Wine Cellars. High tension cables and glass suspend bottles in the air. Space bottles according to your preference and capacity requirements with this wine racking system.