CHARLESTON, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mira Winery will continue its history-making experiment next week when it retrieves four cases of its 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon from a three-month stay in the Charleston Harbor. The wine will undergo chemical analysis and expert taste testing to evaluate the ocean-aged wine verses the same aged in warehouses.
“Wine making is an art and a complicated science,” said Mira Winemaker Gustavo Gonzalez. “With several factors that impact wine production, aging is traditionally done in a very controlled environment to ensure optimum outcome. With our experiment, we’re testing the impact of unpredictable tides, waves and temperature on the wine’s taste.”
The major elements that can affect aging are temperature, humidity, pressure, motion, light - or lack thereof - and oxygen.
In February, Mira Winery began Phase I of its project by submerging four cases of its 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon into the Charleston, S.C. Harbor for a period of three months to test how the wine would be affected if aged in the ocean. The custom-made cages included gauges that will provide three-months of temperature data. On May 21, the day the wine is raised, Mira will announce a Phase II of the ocean aging experiment.
On the following day, the winery will take interviews and will host a call with Mira Winery Wine Club Members during which Mira Winery President Jim “Bear” Dyke Jr. and Winemaker Gustavo Gonzalez, along with local Advanced Sommelier Patrick Emerson of Communion Wine Club, will share insights from the taste test and announce plans for the ocean-aged wine.
“We think this is just the start of the ocean’s gift to quality wine. Our experiment is the beginning of a learning process that will provide an additional prism to view the impact of the elements on the aging of wine,” said Dyke.
Mira Winery, launched in September 2012, employs the craftsmanship of Napa Valley 100-point Winemaker Gustavo Gonzalez. Mira’s wine was most recently rated by Wine Enthusiast with the 2010 Pinot Noir receiving 94 points and named “Editors’ Choice” and the 2009 Syrah receiving 92 points. Mira prioritizes craftsmanship over production, yielding handcrafted, small production wines that can be found in fine dining restaurants throughout CA, Charleston, S.C., Palm Beach, FL and Washington, D.C. and at www.miranapa.com.
About Mira Winery
Mira Winery produces Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Red Wine, Rose, White Wine, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from some of the most prestigious vineyards in the Napa Valley. Old world tradition meets new world techniques.