Definition - What does Ageworthy mean?

An ageworthy wine is one that possesses all of the essential characteristics that a wine requires like flavor, acidity, alcohol and tannins in order to become greater in quality when aged. Not all wines should be aged; based on the correct balance of components, ageworthy wines will blossom when aged ass opposed to non-ageworthy wines, which will not be as good or simply won't change much.

Ageworthy wines get more complexity as the wine ages in a bottle. Given that the taste and quality of the wine improve through the process of aging, ageworthy wines are considered as some of the best wines.

WineFrog explains Ageworthy

Determining whether a wine is ageworthy or not is important in winemaking, as it is essential to properly produce a high-quality wine. There are four characteristics that are essential in the production of ageworthy wine. Ageworthy wines should:

  • Be high in acidity
  • Have well-balanced tannin structure
  • Be low in alcohol level
  • Contain residual sugar

Wines that contain high levels of acidity naturally tend to last longer. As wine ages in a bottle or in a barrel, it slowly loses its acidity and neutralizes. A wine with well-balanced tannins ages better than wines with low tannin content, and as the wine ages, the tannins smoothen out. Furthermore, the alcohol level is detrimental to long-term use of wine. Wines with low alcohol content tend to last longer and age more gracefully. And finally, the fourth essential characteristic is residual sugar; sweet wines are known as the oldest form of wines; by balancing these four characteristics properly, a winemaker can produce an ageworthy wine.

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