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#1 my4beautifulboys

Posted 17 December 2012 - 02:45 PM

Hi I have a bottle of angas brut pinot noir - chardonnay, it is unopened. I was wondering if anyone could let me know how long it's (shelf life, do you call it?) is, does it become stale? Thanks

#2 JuliaD

Posted 17 December 2012 - 02:48 PM

Wine (even sparkling) generally lasts quite a while (years).
So even if its been sitting there unopened for a couple of years it will still be fine.

#3 =R2=

Posted 17 December 2012 - 02:50 PM

So glad this wasn't in the Baby Names section.



#4 my4beautifulboys

Posted 17 December 2012 - 03:01 PM

Ok Thanks, It was bought for Dh and i for our wedding anniversary, i think it is 5 or 6 years old, so perhaps that is too long, =R2= ?? Not sure what you meant there  original.gif

#5 JuliaD

Posted 17 December 2012 - 03:04 PM

QUOTE (my3beautifulboys @ 17/12/2012, 04:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ok Thanks, It was bought for Dh and i for our wedding anniversary, i think it is 5 or 6 years old, so perhaps that is too long, =R2= ?? Not sure what you meant there  original.gif


The only way to know is open it.
It could be perfectly fine.
If you do - it won't make you sick or anything, it just might taste a bit different. Better than throwing it out something that could be ok!

#6 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 17 December 2012 - 03:07 PM

QUOTE (=R2= @ 17/12/2012, 03:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So glad this wasn't in the Baby Names section.



Me too. Yes open and drink. It may taste different and not to your liking. My dad opened a 10 yo white. He and mum loved it..... Mine went down the sink.



#7 my4beautifulboys

Posted 17 December 2012 - 03:07 PM

I was needing an emergency gift as a Christmas present, but i dont think i'll use that, it might not be ok!


#8 JustBeige

Posted 17 December 2012 - 03:09 PM

QUOTE (=R2= @ 17/12/2012, 03:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So glad this wasn't in the Baby Names section.

That was my first thought when I saw the title.  Followed by "Oh god, please dont let someone be so stupid to do that to a child".



OP - also depends on whether its corked or screw top.  If corked it can turn if the cork dries out a bit blurgh.

ETA: No, I dont think I would use it as a gift. just in case.

Edited by JustBeige, 17 December 2012 - 03:10 PM.


#9 my4beautifulboys

Posted 17 December 2012 - 03:11 PM

Sorry about that i choose the wrong title for it. Yes i think it is corked it has the wire on the top then wrapped in gold foil.

#10 JustBeige

Posted 17 December 2012 - 03:15 PM

OK, its probably gone to vinegar then.  Usually the sparkling ones do.

Definitely dont use it.

#11 Bethlehem Babe

Posted 17 December 2012 - 03:20 PM

QUOTE (JustBeige @ 17/12/2012, 04:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
That was my first thought when I saw the title.  Followed by "Oh god, please dont let someone be so stupid to do that to a child.

I instantly thought of footballers wives. At least It wasn't spelt shardonae or chardandae, but I did dread opening it incase it was going to ask about nicknames "chardy!"




#12 Le-a

Posted 17 December 2012 - 03:43 PM

OP what year is it? Is it non-vintage?

When you do open it, take a look at the cork. If it has split, shrunk, has a line or leak running up the side of it, or is visibly moldy then consider the wine effed.

If the cork looks ok then smell the cork, if it smells musty or kinda like wet cardboard then the wine could possibly be affected by cork taint. That's TCA, technically. This is the main reason why most Aussie wines are bottled under screwcap these days - to avoid TCA contamination (which comes from the cork). There are various statistics but most agree that about two bottles in every dozen were affected by cork taint when we were using cork. In the worse case, cork taint is very obvious as the afore mentioned musty, damp character on the nose and palate. In milder examples it can be difficult to detect, it can just deaden the fruit and make a wine look flat and dull. But having said all this, having a wine under cork (ie your bottle of sparkling) doesn't automatically mean it will be off. The only way to find out is to open it!

White wine can age very well, depending on variety and style. For example aged Riesling and Chardonnay can be superb, complex, interesting wines. Ive had sme amazing aged Hunter Semillion. On the other hand, a Sauv Blanc should be enjoyed within about two-three years of its vintage (it just won't look it's best, it won't make you sick or anything!). Sparkling wines can also be fantastic with a few years in bottle.

Another option is to call the winery it was made at and ask the winemaker. If he/she is not out drinking beer I'm sure they would be able to help you, they might even be quite interested to see how the wine is drinking themselves.

Have fun with it, I love opening a mysterious bottle!




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