Vinturi Wine Aerator

In terms of susceptibility to wine accessories, I rate myself a "medium": owner of various decanters (some good, some expensive yet uncleanable), cork screws of varying abilities and a few Riedel glasses, but that's about it.  In this case, the test subject was Vinturi's "wine aerator", which is targetted as a more efficient version of a decanter. 

So did it work?  The test subject was a young Barossa shiraz (Thorn Clark Sandpiper 2008 Shiraz).  I really rather doubted there'd be any discernable difference.  The result though was pretty obvious and largely the opposite.  The "aerated" wine had a more pronounced aroma (twiggy notes seemingly removed), and the palate appeared more fruit forward and interesting.  Colour me surprised.  A second test on a youngish but structured Yarra Valley cabernet (Seville Hill 2004) yielded a similar result, though less pronounced on the palate .  Over time the differences between the aerated and non-aerated glasses did converge (as might be expected with exposure to oxygen), and I don't generally decant older wines so didn't test it on one, but this device would appear to do very quickly what it is designed to do.

Price: $65
Source: sample
August 12, 2010

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