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Your Guide On Cellaring Age-Worthy Wines

Wine is fermented grape juice and by definition a perishable.                   

From the winery to your door step, wines can typically undergo a lot of travelling and storage.  How we store a wine impacts its taste.  Stored in sub-optimal conditions, your wine may not be completely off, but the quality of the wine will diminish, degrade and the wine age prematurely.  Heat, light, temperature variation and oxygen are the key things to avoid.

Here is an example to show you the effect of heat and light.

Take a look at the photo above: the top bottle was stored in a cool shaded environment, whereas the bottom bottle has been left in an open living room at a temperature of about 30c.  The bottom wine colour is slightly darker, the light and warmth has aged this wine say a year or so more than if it had been stored in a cooler shaded environment – the wine will still taste ok now but with more time and darkening, the wine will be more dulled.

Here are your main tips.

Avoid a hot environment: Leave a bottle of wine in a hot sunny car for an afternoon and you’ll see the effect. The wine would end up cooked and taste off.  Similarly, when wines are imported to warm countries, if they sit a little too long on a hot dock, the wines do age faster and become less than ideal.  Keep that in mind when buying overseas.

Avoid light: Light affects wine, especially in a clear bottle, and while darker glass helps, light can still get through.  So best to store your bottles in a shaded place away from direct light.

Maintain constant temperature: Some people like to store wines in their bedrooms where the air conditioner is on at night and off during the day. This fluctuation in temperature is not ideal for wine.  Best to store your wine somewhere with constant temperature.

Minimise oxygen: Cork-finish wines are more sensitive than screwcap as air can flow through the cork.  Cork wines are best stored horizontal, then the wine is next to the cork keeping it moist and helps minimise air ie oxygen getting through and thus less oxidation.  The level of wine in the bottle can drop.  In an older bottle, if you notice the level has dropped, then the wine is likely to be oxidized.

We have just released our Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 which is featured in Halliday’s Cellaring Supplement.  Stored well this will continue to blossom and keep till 2035. 

What is wonderful about cellaring a wine is tasting it as it ages – to experience the development and change.  I like to open a wine every few months or each year to see how it morphs.  So say you buy a case, you can try a bottle every few months and see the flavours change and see when you like it best.  Our first vintage was 2005 and I am still discovering the journey of that vintage.  If you are interested in trying our Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2005, please email us at umamu@umamuestate.com

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UMAMU Featured in Prestige Magazine - December 2015

Charmaine Saw tells Gerrie Lim about helming an award-winning Australian property, despite her somewhat unusual wine roots. Read the full article here.
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Oxford online dictionary adds 1000 new words

The quarterly update to the Oxford Dictionary Online has seen plenty of interesting new additions.
wine o’clock, n.: an appropriate time of day for starting to drink wine”
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UMAMU is a Five-Star (5R) Winery - 2016, 2015, 2014

Umamu Estate is proud to announce our continued five-star (5R) Winery rating by James Halliday in his 2016 Australian Wine Companion.

The five-star rating explained:

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About the guide

The James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2015 is the number one bestselling guide to wineries and wine in Australia. Keenly anticipated by winemakers, faithful collectors and wine lovers alike, the 2015 edition has been completely revised and updated to bring you up-to-the-minute information.

Halliday shares his extensive knowledge via detailed tasting notes, each of which includes vintage-specific ratings and advice on optimal drinking, as well as alcohol content, price and a value rating. He provides important details on wineries - including opening times, contact details, vineyard sizes and web addresses - in addition to biographies on each, and information about the winemakers.

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James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2015

Umamu Estate is proud to announce our five-star (5R) Winery rating by James Halliday in his 2015 Australian Wine Companion.

The five-star rating explained:

rating_explained

About the guide

The James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2015 is the number one bestselling guide to wineries and wine in Australia. Keenly anticipated by winemakers, faithful collectors and wine lovers alike, the 2015 edition has been completely revised and updated to bring you up-to-the-minute information.

Halliday shares his extensive knowledge via detailed tasting notes, each of which includes vintage-specific ratings and advice on optimal drinking, as well as alcohol content, price and a value rating. He provides important details on wineries - including opening times, contact details, vineyard sizes and web addresses - in addition to biographies on each, and information about the winemakers.

 

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UMAMU Shiraz 2007

Shiraz 2007 receives 93 points by Huon Hooke and is featured in Gourmet Wine Traveller Oct/Nov13 issue - Top 100 New Releases & Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide.

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2013 Australian Sparkling Wine Show

UMAMU 2005 Sparkling Chardonnay has been awarded Gold in the 2013 Australian Sparkling Wine Show!

 

 

 www.australiansparklingwineshow.com.au

 

 

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James Halliday 2014 Wine Companion

We are thrilled to share that James Halliday rated UMAMU 5 Stars in his 2014 Wine Companion.

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Top 100 Blue Gold Sydney 2013 International Wine Competition

TOP 1OO BLUE-GOLD - DOUBLE DISC - SIWC 2013 TM MEDALLION LOGO

 

 We are happy to share that our UMAMU Estate 2007 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon has been awarded the Top 100/ Blue Gold award from the 2013 Sydney International Wine Competition - www.top100wines.com

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Decanter Fine Wine Encounter

DFWE 2012

 

We will be participating at the Decanter Fine Wine Encounter in London on Saturday & Sunday 17-18th November at the Landmark Hotel.  Hope to see you there!  To book tickets please  visit

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