This isn’t necessarily true! Over time, winemaking techniques have improved to allow wines to be enjoyed younger and because fewer of us have cellars, the maturation process has become difficult as well as unnecessary for many of us. Drinking aromatic white wines young, such as Flint Dry 2020 and Bacchus 2020 preserves the freshness and crispness on the palate.
In common with most winemakers nowadays, Chapel Down mature wines prior to sale so that you don’t have to, and so that it’s done in the right conditions. Of course this isn’t always the case for all wine regions and producers. Maturation of wine can be a necessary part of its development, particularly with concentrated and powerful red wines as it allows the tannins to soften. Be very careful how you store these types of wines – away from light and at a constant cellar temperature is recommended. It’s best left to specialists. However, almost all red wines on supermarket shelves are ready to drink straightaway.
One of the greatest pleasures of wine is that it comes down to personal taste. How much a wine costs can suggest how expensive the winemaking process was and the quality of the grapes. However, a lot of wine pricing is driven by economics and supply and demand, but this will never guarantee that a £150 bottle of wine will taste better than a £10 bottle of wine to you! Factors such as duty, tax, packaging, and logistics also determine the cost of wine.
Chapel Down Kit’s Coty Chardonnay has consistently won GOLD for the last 4 years at Wines of Great Britain. WineGB is the national industry body for the English and Welsh wine industry. At £30.00 per bottle, we are delighted to be offering award winning, world class quality wine at a reasonable price range. Read on here to learn more about WineGB and the judges thoughts on each of our Kit’s Coty wines.
You could argue that in general, the high tannins in red wine are a complement for the proteins in red meat, and the acidity in white wine gives intensity to chicken or fish. However, this is not a strict rule. For example, you can pair many red wines with fish. The secret is matching the weight. If salmon is poached, it will be silky, therefore a Rosé such as Pinot Noir Rosé 2020 can pair perfectly, while roasted salmon might pair well with a bolder red wine. Don’t forget sauces can change textures and weights dramatically.
Anyway, its fun to experiment… Try cooling a light Gamay or Pinot Noir for 20 minutes in the fridge before enjoying with fish.