You must have heard so much about vintage wine, but what exactly is it and what makes a vintage wine special?
The year written on a wine label is not the year the wine was made or produced. Rather, it signifies the year the grapes were harvested, to make the wine.
Many people are of the opinion that the year indicated on the wine label is the year it was made or bottled, but that’s not correct.
So when next you see a wine labelled 2005 or 1975 or whichever year it is, know that it is the year the grapes were harvested, and such wine is regarded to as a Vintage Wine. Yea, It’s quite expensive too.
The grape used to produce a bottle of wine may be harvested in 1999 but the wine itself could be bottled in 2004, and released in 2008.
For a wine to pass as vintage, about 85-95% of the grapes used in making such wine must be harvested in a particular year.
Each vintage is a creation, singular and unique, that expresses both the character of the year and the distinctiveness of the grapes.
There you have it, Ladies and Gentlemen. That is what Vintage Wine is about.
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