For wine enthusiasts, nothing tastes better than a finely aged one. However, fine wines are normally expensive, so a lot of people who like to drink wine often resort to buying cheaper ones. Unfortunately, cheap wines won’t even come close to fine wines in terms of the quality and taste. But it doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to make cheap wines taste at least a little bit amazing.
If you’ve grown tired of the lackluster taste of cheap wines on the market, then this simple technique might just be what you need. We’re talking about hyperdecanting, or put simply, blending your wine. Yes, you read that right!
What is hyperdecanting?
The process of hyperdecanting is actually pretty simple. You just pour the contents of your cheap wine bottle into a blender, keep it spinning for 30 seconds, then have a sip of your now fruitier and tastier wine.
But how exactly does it work? Well, in this case, your blender will act as a quick decanter that aerates the wine which, in turn, helps improve its overall flavor. The process of decanting was a traditional process done for separating any settlements from the wine. This results in a fine wine that doesn’t have any chunks of grapes upon drinking.
At the same time, this process also aerates the wine, and according to experts, it can soften the tannins which are responsible for a wine’s dry taste.
How exactly does it help improve a cheap wine’s taste?
Hyperdecanting can speed up the aeration process of a wine by a significant level. Technically, aerating a wine means exposing it to oxygen, and the reason why you want to do that are as follows:
- Oxygen can trigger the less tasty compounds found in your wine and cause them to evaporate. As a result, your wine will be free of any bad smell and harsh flavor.
- Oxygen can interact with the compounds that are in your wine. Due to this, you’ll be able to bring out its flavors.
That said, the hyperdecanting process provides you with the benefits of aeration in just as quickly as 30 seconds. This means that you’ll be able to enjoy the benefits of a finely aged wine from a cheap wine in just under a minute.
The bottom line
Even though aerating your cheap wine can help improve its aroma and flavor, it won’t necessarily change its entire quality. It simply means that hyperdecanting will only work as long as you actually like the wine. If there are any flaws in your wine, such as brett or TCA, then their effects can be felt even more if you exposed your wine to oxygen.
Also, not all wines can be improved with hyperdecanting. You want to focus more on red wines such as Syrah, Barolo, Cabernet, and a few others. Particularly, red wines that are filled with tannins seem to work best.
White wines can also benefit from decanting, but since they’re aged for shorter periods of time, this process seems to be unnecessary.