Decanting allows oxygen to mingle with the various aroma, tannin and alcohol components in a wine, bringing to life these complex elements that have been ‘trapped’ in the bottle. All things need oxygen to breathe and wines with layers of flavour, complex structural elements and real depth are no different.
Aged wines (10 years and older) in particular tend to accumulate sediment over time. Whilst it’s an important piece of a good aged wine, sediment is not something you want in your glass when enjoying a cellar selection. Here’s a guide to help you to best enjoy your favourite wine, young or old, when you next choose.