Matric Farewells and Mature Wines
Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, was first to propose the notion that the only constant is change. The world as we know it is in regular flux and transformation. In modern society, styles change, fads come and go and those rare things which are able to endure the sands of time have altered distinctly from their original state.
With wine it is no different. Great wines mature over time and appreciate with age gracefully, becoming richer, fuller and more balanced. A high quality bottle of Sauvignon Blanc will deepen in colour and develop a more round and heavy mouth-feel in contrast to its more bright and edgy youthful self. Those fortunate enough to have done a vertical tasting (a tasting of a certain wine across a few vintages) will know first-hand the stark difference in taste and character afforded simply by time in the bottle. The actual style of the wine can also be purposefully changed to suit tastes and trends. Wines from yesteryear were made for a completely different market and without the techniques and technologies which we have available to us today.
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