Last week Thursday we had a special tasting with RIEDEL Vinum stemware at Creation Wines in cooperation with Platter’s South African Wine Guide. We tried to find out how the glass influences the taste of the wine.
If somebody knows the Creation wines he might claim that these wines will taste great in any glass. I absolutely agree, but can the glass make the wine taste even better?
For the tasting we used 4 varietal specific RIEDEL Vinum glasses (From left to right: Sauvignon Blanc, Montrachet/Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon glass) and a standard Bohemia tasting glass. We also had a polystyrene cup, but I think that was only to show that even the material makes a huge difference.
First we tasted the Creation wines in the varietal specific RIEDEL glass, then we poured it into the standard tasting glass and tasted it again. The difference was really amazing. The RIEDEL glass defines the sensation of bouquet, texture, flavour and finish of the wine in a perfect way. It creates a better mouthfeel and a balanced interaction between the fruit, minerality, acidity and bitter components of a wine. Even the aftertaste is more pleasant, seamless, harmonious, and long lasting.
If you are still sceptic if a good glass make the wine taste better join Creation Wine for a RIEDEL tasting. www.creationwines.com
Photos: Chris Rebok Wine Photography
RIEDEL CRYSTAL (established 1756) has been producing glass in the heart of Europe for over 250 years and for eleven generations. In the late 1950’s, Claus J. Riedel was the first person in history to introduce and develop wine-friendly stemware. Wine-friendly stemware translates and delivers the bouquet, texture, flavour and finish of a wine to the senses. Soon he recognized the correlation of wine glass design and grape varieties. Based on these perceptions and the Bauhaus design principle of “form follows function” the Austrian Riedel Wine Glass Company developed the first grape varietal specific stemware line in 1973. These finely-tuned glass bowls consisting of 3 variables: shape, size and rim diameter.
For more information about RIEDEL grape varietal specific stemware visit www.riedel.com
ABOUT CREATION WINES:
Creation Wines situated in the beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge near the coastal resort Hermanus (appellation of Walker Bay) is well known for their highly rated wines. Complimented by the cooling breezes of the Atlantic Ocean Creation’s vineyards are planted on slopes reaching up to 350 meters above sea level at a density of 3.500 per hectare. The average yield of the vineyards is between 5 and 6 tons per hectare.
Creations flagship wine is the Creation Pinot Noir Reserve (4,5 Platter Stars) my personal favourite of the “Top 13 South African Pinot Noir”.
The Creation Reserve Pinot Noir 2012, Creation Syrah Grenache 2011 and the Creation Pinot Noir 2012 are listed in “Top 100 SA Wines 2013”.