Our wines have been lovingly crafted by some of the best winemakers in the country. So storing and serving our wines at the correct temperatures is not only going to ensure quality is maintained but that due respect is given to the efforts of our valued winemakers.
In the habit of serving warm red wine on a hot day? Not even a Grange Hermitage is going to taste great served warm. Nothing spoils a wine more than serving it at the wrong temperature.
Keeping your wine at a constant temperature is important for the storage and flavour of your wine. Our Ghost Wines Clare Valley and McLaren Vale Shiraz are designed to last 10 to 20 years with correct storage. Wine fridges are the best for wine storage closely followed by cellars. Never store your wine in direct sunlight or where the temperature fluctuates as it does in your garage or garden shed. Wine expert Karen MacNeil recommends keeping wine intended for aging at a temperature of 13°C but can be stored at 21°C with no adverse effects.
So, why have we got into a habit of serving our reds warm? When the French recommended serving your full body reds at room temperature, they were referring to their European dining rooms in medieval times with no central heating 15-18°C. This is why it makes perfect sense to give your red wine 20 to 25 minutes in the fridge before serving.
For our Ghost Wines Clare Valley Pinot Gris and Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc, 2-3 hours in the fridge is perfect, but no more. White wines should never be served under 5°C. If they’re coming straight out of a 2°C fridge, the only thing your tastebuds will register is acidity.
We recommend that, rather than leaving a bottle in the fridge as you leave for work in the morning (so you can uncork it as soon as your work day ends), fill a bucket with ice and cold water when you get home, drop in your white wine and it will be at perfect serving temperature in no time. That first sip will be all the more rewarding served at the right temperature.
Now you can enjoy your Ghost Wines the way our winemaker’s intended.