Time and a Bottle: Old vines and a warm vintage have influenced the style of wine that the Tawse 2005 Riesling has become

As you stroll through the liquor store, you’ll often see shelf talkers and signs that suggest how long you can cellar a given wine. Every wine has a different suggested amount of time to age, and that will depend on its varietal, vintage, producer and style. But what do we gain from storing our bottles away besides dust?

Aromas and flavours of wine evolve with time — a wine’s tastes and smells transform into a more mature version of itself. That doesn’t mean better necessarily, it just means different.

As the VINES team has already discussed, Riesling has great aging potential. Young bottles tend to be fruity with fresh peach or Granny Smith apple. With time, these flavours may evolve into a sophisticated baked apple pie or peach cobbler. Both young and aged Rieslings are delicious treats to savour, but still very different, like apples and oranges, or in this case, apples and peaches.

Buying multiple bottles of your favourite Riesling and opening one every couple of years is a great way to see how a wine develops and how your preferences and desirable food pairings change with the bottle. Sometimes it’s nice to explore the advantages of aging.