Taylors Wines is again challenging wine conventions in a new campaign that inspires wine drinkers to chill their red wines this summer.
It’s widely believed that red wine should be served at room temperature. But among those in the know, popping a red in the fridge for 30 minutes before serving can make all the difference to experiencing at its best.
According to leading wine critic Jancis Robinson: “It is impossible to over-estimate the effect of serving temperatures on how a wine will taste. Serving a wine at the most flattering temperature may seem absurdly high-falutin’ and precious as an activity, but it really can transform ink into velvet and, conversely, zest into flab.”
The myth that red wines are best served at room temperature actually comes from the medieval drawing rooms of French châteaux, which maintained a chilly temperature of 14°C. Australia’s tropical and Mediterranean climate can average from 26°-30°C in summer – much warmer than what is traditionally considered ‘room temperature’ by wine standards.
The impact temperature has on red wines in particular is drastic when it comes to aromas and flavours. A red served too warm is flabby, dominated by alcohol and tannins, and lacking its balance of fruit and oak characteristics. Served too cold and the acid dominates, overpowering the delicate complexities that make a red wine enjoyable. Served at the optimum drinking temperature, a red wine sings in perfect balance with fruit, oak, tannin and alcohol shining across the palate.
In a blind tasting at the Sydney Wine Academy, conducted by Taylors Wines, 100 consumers tasted the exact same wine side by side. One was served at room temperature and the other slightly chilled to 17°C. The results showed that not a single person on the panel could recognise the two wines shown side by side were exactly the same. In fact, when asked how much they would pay for each wine, 71 per cent responded they would pay substantially more for the shiraz served slightly chilled.
On average, a bottle of red wine sells for $2.20 more than white wine, and red wine’s contribution to value growth in the table wine category is far greater at $54.8 million versus $7.1 million for whites.
So how can retailers seize on this consumer insight to grow their red wine sales over summer, a season traditionally dominated by white wine, rosé and sparkling?
“This is a massive category opportunity for retailers. Through education and engagement, it is possible to help consumers discover how enjoyable and refreshing red wines can be, especially during the summer months, by educating them about the importance of serving temperature,” said Taylors Wines managing director and winemaker Mitchell Taylor.
Taylors is again using innovation to bring temperature to the forefront in a new campaign called Taylor the Temperature which aims to reinforce the message that the key to a refreshing red is only a few degrees difference. The campaign focuses on Taylors’ optimum drinking temperature sensors featured on its Estate and Promised Land wines, first launched in 2015.