Each wine rated by Halliday Wine Companion is assigned a “drink-to” date, which denotes its ideal drinking range. The following iconic wines are highly-rated and ready to open now. Follow these tips to ensure you make the most of them:
Let it rest: If your wine has accumulated any sediment during cellaring, it’s a good idea to let it stand for a few days before opening.
Get the temperature right: Medium to full-bodied reds are best enjoyed between 14-16ºC, lighter-bodied reds between 12-14ºC, and riesling, semillon and chardonnay will come alive at about 10ºC.
Consider the cork: The older the wine, the more fragile the cork, so be extra careful removing it (or consider a two-pronged corkscrew for backup).
To decant or not to decant: Older wines become increasingly delicate as they age and will oxidise faster than a young, full-bodied red. An aged wine will only require decanting of 30 minutes maximum before drinking. And don’t forget, you can decant your white wines, too.