There’s nothing better than popping into your own cellar. Bringing out the perfect bottle for a festive occasion. Sharing a little something special with those guests from out of town, or enjoying a sticky aged something-or-other at the end of a long dinner party.
If you’re really serious about this, you’ll need to be doing a little planning, but it’s well worth the effort. By buying wine young, you’ll be enjoying it at a fraction of the cost it would usually reach as a mature vintage. Be warned – wine collecting can quickly become an obsession!
Start with what you enjoy, although if you’re looking to build your collection over a few years, it’s important to also consider what will age well. Think about your range, and what you want the wine for. Is it for everyday enjoyment, or to bring out when you’re celebrating? Matching with food, or experimenting with the aging process?
Many wines today are made to be enjoyed young, so follow a few simple guidelines to select your wines to cellar. Essential for longevity are fruit, acidity, and in red wine, tannin.
Usually these include:
Reds: Pinot Noir, Merlot, Syrah
Whites: Riesling, Oak aged Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
Whatever you select, it’s worthwhile buying at least a couple of bottles of your chosen wine. As it ages, you’ll have enough to open one every year or so to keep track of how it is maturing.
Once you’ve chosen your wines, it pays to extend your newfound obsession to your record keeping. You may think now that you’ll recall exactly where, when and for how much you bought that unique vintage, but in ten years’ time memories may have dulled somewhat.
While technology has all the answers these days with plenty of apps available, handwritten neck labels add an old school, sophisticated touch, and help you to keep a handle on what is ready for drinking when. If you’re buying from the winery cellar door, or a reputable supplier, take some advice on recommended cellaring times and note it in your records. Tasting notes for our wines are available in the Our Wine section of our website, select the wine you'd like to know more about, and download tasting notes for each past and current vintage.
Patience pays off, with many wines improving substantially with age – but remember – better to drink a wine slightly too young than slightly too old. Cellaring wines comes with its little disappointments when a much-anticipated bottle has turned, but no fear – you have a cellar full of other bottles from which to select a graceful replacement.