Mark Baulderstone, Riedel’s local head honcho, was at Gibson’s in Noosa recently, taking a bunch of tasters through the Riedel Vinum range.
The glasses were the Bordeaux, Burgundy, Sauvignon Blanc and Montrachet models. For comparison, wines were also tasted in stock standard ISO glasses.
Mark made a strong case that the nose of a wine is the main factor in dictating its taste. He then demonstrated quite convincingly how different Riedel shapes enhanced their particular varietal counterparts. With a bit of deft glass-swapping he also showed how an unattuned shape could in fact diminish enjoyment.
The ISO glasses fared quite badly in all cases.
On the evening the standout matching was a Stoniers Reserve 2008 Pinot Noir in the Burgundy stem.
Thinks, I’d like to see a blind tasting exercise to really put the varietal glasses through their paces.
Thinks again, glassware enhancement of nose and taste must always be based on the assumption that the varietal tasted is true to type.