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Scotchmans Hill

WInemaking

Dive into the vines with us and explore our world of wine.


WHY IS RED WINE BETTER ON THE SECOND DAY AFTER OPENING?

On the second day after a bottle of red is opened, often the flavours are bolder, the nose is more pronounced and the feel is smoother.

This is because a limited time of oxidisation results in the opening up of flavour characteristics in the wine for a better drinking experience.


OUR ENOMATIC, HOW DOES IT WORK?

As wine is removed from the bottle, our Enomatic forces air out of the top of the bottle to avoid oxidisation of the wines.

This allows us to keep a bottle open for up to a month, which enables us the unique opportunity to showcase some of our most exciting Cellar Reserve wines at our Cellar Door.


HOW TO BEST CELLAR WINES?

The first step is to realise that not all wines are made to cellar for a long time like the long living French wines of Château Latour.

Many cellaring dates will recommend drinking wines within a 5 - 15 year period.

When it comes to finding a place to cellar your wine a dark, cool and dry spot is what you're after. Heat, light and movement are the enemy of aged wines.


WHY DOES WINE HAVE TO SIT AFTER BOTTLING?

This is to prevent what is called "bottle shock".

Bottle shock is caused when a wine suffers from erratic movement which can happen as part of the bottling process.

Flavours become dull and the balance of the wine is distorted, meaning that certain taste characteristics can become over-pronounced.

Don't worry though, given a couple of weeks to settle in bottle, the wine is balanced back to its delicious self again.