Wine enthusiasts know that letting a good bottle of red or white breathe before drinking it significantly changes the tasting experience. It improves mouthfeel, expands the aromatic profile, enhances flavours and smoothens the finish.
South Australia has some of the best wine in the world, and luckily, it has a wealth of aerators available too. Whether you drop by your local liquor store or go online, you’ll find a nice set of options to gift a friend or yourself with.
Let’s discover the best aerators in Australia.
How to Use an Aerator?
Not all aerators are made equal. You can check your favourite online retail store and find a wealth of options: pourers, decanters, electric pumps, and the like.
A popular item is the Vinturi wine aerator. Australia has an array of alternatives, but this is arguably one of the best. Before you head to the store, find out how it works.
Step 1: Know what type of wine to aerate
Identify the kind of wines that need aeration. There’s no need to put every single bottle through an aerator. Make sure you serve only the best for your guests and avoid skipping this step where necessary.
Step 2: Add the Vinturi sediment filter
Vinturi aerators have a filter screen. Attach it to the device before you start pouring so you can capture sediment. If your desired bottle doesn’t have any, you can skip this step.
Step 3: Hold your Vinturi over a glass
Hold the Vinturi device in one hand and your desired bottle of red or white with the other, then start pouring it into your wine glasses.
Step 4: Pour fast
Pour the bottle steadily through your Vinturi. If you hear it drawing in and infusing air with wine, that means it’s working. The device aerates it as soon as you pour.
What Is a Wine Aerator Used for?
An aerator can add air through a chamber, infusing it with the wine while it pours through a spout. Unlike decanting, there’s no need to wait a few days or hours. You can indulge in your best bottle from South Australia right away.
Enhancing the Flavour
Every bottle of wine is filled with volatile aromatic compounds. They evolve when the liquid comes into contact with oxygen. As the compounds are released, the wine’s range of smells expands. Aeration also adds character to a cheap bottle. It enhances its flavour, making it taste more expensive than it actually is. However, note that an aerator won’t make a bad bottle taste good. It only brings out the best in a good bottle.
Replicating the Wine’s Natural Aging Process
If you would rather indulge in a fresh bottle of red right away, you ought to get an aerator. While it mimics the natural aging process, it enhances the wine’s aromatic and flavour profile in a much shorter time frame.
Expanding the Aromatic Profile
Bouquet pertains to the range of scents and smells produced during the aging process. When you let wines breathe, you are producing better aromas that amplify the experience.
Which Wines Need to be Aerated?
Most wines benefit from a little oxygen—but not all.
Young, Tannic Reds
Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon and Barbera are examples of young, high-tannic reds. Aerating your favourite bottle of shiraz from South Australia mellows its tannins, leaving it with a smoother finish and better taste.
Aged Red Wines
The longer you store bottles of red, the more their tannins will bind together. In aged reds, these sediments give wines a bitter taste, which isn’t quite appealing to the palette. This makes it best to use a filter when you’re aerating older reds from your stock.
Have a high-end bottle from South Australia? If it has been laying sideways all this time in your stock, let it stand upright for a few days. When you’re ready to start aerating it, use a filter.
Select White Wines
Check your stock for Burgundies, Alsace wines and white Bordeaux wines. These are a few of the white wines that benefit from a little oxygen. Before aerating your desired bottle, let it stand upright on the counter for an hour or so. You will be pleasantly surprised by the improvement after pouring it through an aerator an hour later.
If you have vintage ports in your stock, they’ve probably been sitting there for years and will be in dire need of some air. Take the bottle out of your cellar days before a special occasion. Let it stand upright for several days before aerating it.
Best Wine Aerators and Pourers
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This list compiles both Vinturi and alternative brands for aerators and pourers for your convenience. If you have questions and concerns, hit up customer service before adding the items you fancy to your cart.
Vinturi Essential Red Wine Aerator
Make your reds from South Australia taste impeccable with Vinturi. It aerates wine from the bottle or the glass, featuring the brand’s classic image and patented design. It comes with a filter and a no-drop stand, ideal for dinner parties and preventing wine from spilling on kitchen counters.
Measuring six inches high and two inches wide, the Vinturi wine aerator can fit any countertop and dishwater. You can easily store it in a cupboard as well. Since it’s quite popular, you might have to ask customer service for its availability just to be sure. It might also have additional delivery charges.
Vinturi Essential White Wine Aerator
Also featuring the brand’s classic look and patented design, this model is the spitting image of the Vinturi red wine aerator. It’s easy to store and great as a gift to a friend. Keep in mind though that it’s designed especially for white wines. It draws in the right amount of air as you pour the drink through its spout, giving you perfect aeration.
Ask customer service about its availability if it’s out of stock as it’s also highly sought-after. Note that Amazon might charge extra delivery fees for this unit as well.
Or you can buy the white and red wine aerators as a set.
Luxbe Wine Decanter with Aerator Pourer Lid
Made of 100% lead-free crystal, Luxbe’s decanter is chic and elegant. Its makes an excellent addition to the dinner table as it can amplify the ambience of your setup. It also makes a perfect gift for a friend. Its sleek design has a stainless-steel drip-proof spout, a silicone seal and a reverse filter to prevent the liquid from spilling out.
Once the wine is poured into the decanter, it reaches the widest diameter to maximise aeration, bringing out the wine’s aromatic profile. Note that Amazon charges extra delivery fees for this product.
New Pacific YouYah Red Wine Breather Carafe
The YouYah carafe is a hand-made, lead-free crystal aerator that can fit 1200 ml of wine. It is as functional as it is beautiful. With the YouYah Carafe, you can connect your favourite bottle of red to the decanter and pour all the liquid in.
You may even pour it back into the bottle and return it to your stock. Each purchase comes with stainless steel cleaning beads and a drying stand that make clean-up hassle-free.
Vintorio Wine Aerator Pourer
Designed to give wine the proper amount of air, Vintorio aerators have a wide chamber and air intake system. They use the Bernoulli Effect to optimize the aeration of wine. They have tapered rubber stoppers that fit various bottle sizes and serve as leak-free seals. They also feature an ergonomically slanted acrylic spout that spares your tablecloth from wine stains. The device can be assembled and disassembled easily, making Vintorio aerators easy to clean and store.
Whether for a gift for a friend or yourself, it’s one of the best aerators you can get today. Just check with customer service to confirm if Amazon might have additional import fees and delivery charges for this item.
Vinvoli Wine Aerator
Boasting superior aeration, the Vinvoli aerator can make young, fresh wines from your stock taste aged and expensive. Equipped with an ergonomically designed spout, it ensures smooth, spill-free pouring. It also has a wine filter that strains sulphates.
It only measures 15.2 x 5.1 x 5.1 cm, which makes it easy to store in your cupboard. Made with acrylic, it is an ideal gift for a friend on a special occasion.
Nutrichef Air Decanter Diffuser System with Unique Metal Pourer Spout
The Nutrichef’s image is unlike any other on this list. It might not be the prettiest, but it does everything for you. Its electric pump can fit all wine bottle sizes. All you have to do is press a button that aerates and dispenses the wine directly into your glass. The aerator is also ultraportable. You can easily attach or detach it from the bottle and store it in its special case when not in use. Its bag is lined with a soft fabric that protects it from scratches.
It doesn’t come cheap so you can watch out for a sale to get a good bargain.
Rabbit Wine Aerator Pourer
Another item worth adding to your cart, the device comes with a slim silicone insert that keeps it in place during the aeration process, ensuring smooth, drip-free pouring. It often has limited availability as it’s highly sought-after, but It can aerate wine instantly and effortlessly.
Its parts are detachable, making it easy to store in a cupboard when not in use. If you want to open a new bottle of red, you can get the parts from your stock and set it up within minutes.
Do you use a wine aerator? Let me know in the comments if you have a favourite wine aerator.