How to spot a faulty wine.
To some of the wine loving crowd, spotting a corked wine is a dream come true as they get to stand tall and expose their fine nose and highly developed palate. But is that really the case? Frequently the issue with identifying a faulty wine such as cork taint or oxidation is there is no true fault with the wine, more a misconception of those drinking it! Earthy Italian wines for example may appear corked to someone who is used to drinking a mild Australian Merlot.
Corked wines are becoming less common due to the introduction of screw caps, but there are still corks out there that seem to be responsible for a fungus known as TCA spoiling the wine and resulting in a pungent and mouldy taste. Corks are often blamed for oxidized wine, which occurs when air has entered the cork into the wine. Screw caps can be the culprit too if they have become damaged and thus allow air to enter.
In a corked wine watch out for:
- Mouldy tones
- A foul smelling nose
- Unbalanced flavours
- Aromas of wet cardboard, mushrooms or smelly socks!
- Bitter – if it makes it to your mouth!
In an oxidized wine watch out for:
- Fruitless flavour
- A taste similar to Madeira or worn out Sherry
- Dry and bitter taste
To new or unfamiliar wine drinkers, herbal aromas and acidity can often seem similar to oxidation or mouldy tones. The best remedy – try more wine!
For those of you who love our wines – our stringent quality control before during and after bottling and our use of screw caps means it is unlikely that you will encounter a faulty Bald Hills wine – but if you do, send it back and we will replace it!
Sources: www.thewinedoctor.com, www.winefolly.com