Tips and Suggestions
Storing/aging your wine
Consider the following when deciding where to store your wine:
Should be between 12 and 16 degrees celcius and should remain constant, other than normal gradual seasonal changes. Extreme fluctuations in temperature will adversely affect your wine.
Protect your wine from light (especially sunlight) by storing it in coloured bottles and in a fairly dark area or covered.
Avoid moving your wine and do not store it near vibrating washers, dryers, fridges, or furnaces etc. If it is moved let it sit for two weeks before sampling. Vibrations causes aeration (gas).
Do not store your wine near strong smelling agents. ie. detergents, paints, rubber tires, perfumes etc.
Wine should be stored on its side in contact with the corks so the corks do not dry out. Humidity should be maintained between 50% to 70% to keep the exposed real and agglomerated cork ends from drying out. Storing wine in a warm environment will accelerate the aging process and also accelerate the natural breaking down process.
We recommend a minimum of 3 months for White Wines & 6 months for Red Wines. Very cool temperatures will slow down the aging process. Tapered and T-corks are unsuitable for long term storage. 4 Week Wine kits should be consumed within 18 months. 6 & 8 Week Wine kits should be consumed within 18 months but some will keep up to 3 years. The fuller the body and the more complex the wine the better it will age. Reds will require longer aging than whites, roses or blushes.
Serving Your Wines
Very young wines and full bodied reds are best decanted for 60 to 90 minutes before serving. This allows the wine to breath thus removing gases that naturally occur in wine. White wines roses and blushes are best served chilled. Serve red wines at approximately 66 degrees F. or 18 degrees C. In the Summer refrigerate red wines for 30 minutes before serving
Bottles Upright OR On Their Side?
Newly corked bottles should be stored upright for 7 to 10 days to allow the cork and bottle to form a bond. They should then be stored on their sides. If some bottles are leaking, you could have turned them on their side too soon or the bottle opening could be larger than standard size. If you are using synthetic corks, you do not have to store on their sides because the synthetic corks does not require moisture from the wine to maintain the seal.