Diverse climate: Great for Australian wine diversity, bad for serving wines!
There’s no denying that we live in one of the most beautiful countries on earth, but we also live in a country of climate extremes. From our scorching summers to cold winters to our tropical north there is a huge amount of variation in our Australian climate. This diverse climate helps us to produce some of the most and exciting wines in the world. But the climate also has a negative effect when it comes to serving and drinking our delicious Australian wines. When the temperature rises in summer we chill our Australian white wines to the point of freezing and our Australian red wines in wine stores, restaurants and homes where the ambient temperature can reach 30 plus. So what are the effects of serving an Australian wine too cold or too warm?
Too cold = less aroma and flavour
Too warm = less complex aromas and less complex flavours
Let’s say you chill a delicious bottle of Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc in your fridge at home. When you serve this wine straight out of the fridge you are serving it close to freezing. This reduces the lovely tropical fruit aromas and flavours to the point of making them unrecognisable.
Or if you love a Barossa Valley Shiraz and grab one out of the cupboard when mates come over for a barbecue. Unless you keep your air con to the point where all your friends know to wear a jumper when visiting your place in summer then your delicious Australian wine will be way too warm. It will still taste good but it will be much simpler and less satisfying than if it was served at the right temperature.
OK, but what I can do to serve my wines at the right temperature? And don’t get all wine snob on me with thermometers, fancy wine fridges or any of that nonsense.
Fair call but there’s no need to worry. There’s a super simple way to make sure your Australian wine is served at the right temperature during Aussie Wine Month and beyond.
White wines: Take these OUT of the fridge 30 minutes before serving.
Red wines: Put these IN the fridge 30 minutes before serving.
It’s that simple! Cheers!