What is wine decanting?
What we call “Wine Decanting” means transferring wine or whisky or wine – red wine or white wine – of a bottle into specified container “wine decanter”. Why do people decanting not drinking wine or whisky directly from a bottle? It sounds like silly that drink liquid from a decanter, which looks like more hassle thing than drink wine from a bottle. However, there is much reason why decanting wine makes wine taste better.
What can we get from proper decanting?
First, separating sediment from wine liquid by slow pouring wine to a decanter (decanting) that is particularly required for older wine. If it left and mixed in the wine, it will impart a noticeable bitter and astringent taste to you. It is important to process primarily for old wine Second,
Mixing wine with oxygen which they call ‘aeration’ that enables to develop wine to real natural and to trigger the release of more aromatic compounds. Aeration is a primarily important process to smoothing the harsher Tannins. So it is an essential process, especially for young wines.
The ways of decanting for best taste of wines
Decanting for young wines
As described above, young wine does not need separating sediment, just pour wine into the decanter and let it be for about 20 to 30 minutes before serving. Pour little wine to your test wine glass for a taste. Give the wine glass a proper Swirl. You can swirl it easily by putting the glass on the table and rotating dozens and sip it with taking a good sniff. You will notice the dramatic changes of fragrance and taste of wine. The younger wine typically needs more decanting time than old wine.
Decanting for old wines
If you’ve just bought or received from a friend a bottle of old wine, and you are planning to drink it soon, leave it standing on any dark place or in the wine cellar for several days — to allow the sediment ultimately to sit to the bottom and for the wine to regain its equilibrium. If you are not planning to drink soon, keep it lying in a wine cellar or wine fridge. After checking if the sediment is fully settled down at the bottom by visually looking against shining a small high-intensity flashlight through the bottle. If the wine in the bottle shows clarity, it is now ready for decanting. Decanting older wine (wine with sediment) is essential as it enables you to pour off only the clear wine leaving the sediment at the bottom of the wine bottle. Decanting old wine needs a skill but basically; hold a neck of the bottle lightly, gently pour the wine into the decanter while watching wine flow over the neck, and stop when the sediment flows through the cylinder. Remember that primary purpose of decanting for old wine is to separate the sediment from the real wine. Some wine lover claims that burgundy, for example, does not need oxidization or aeration for too long so it better off serving the wine immediately without decanting. However, in general, most of the old wines is required decanting.