The wine cask (or wine box in the US) is in the process of undergoing a reboot in Australia, with a group of like-minded wine peeps banding together to extol the virtues of a hitherto cringe-worthy Australian icon (of sorts). While there is some contention around the invention of the wine cask, the accolades have finally rested with Tom Angove who invented it in the early 60’s. We can legitimately claim this as one of ours.
A confession is appropriate at this point as we have not drank wine from a cask for many years. I am not sure why this is the case. There are some underlying prejudices in people of a certain vintage in relation to wine casks as it was seen as cheap nasty swill, and a few decades ago it probably was. Time therefore to put those prejudices aside and objectively look at the wine cask for what it is, packaging. It’s the wine that counts.
Righto, 10 Reasons a Wine Cask is better than a Wine Bottle;
- You get more wine for your dollar, and more is better. Now this is not always the case however most examples we have seen suggests the bang for buck ratio is much better for a wine cask over wine bottles. There are now a lot of premium wines being put in a box that might surprise you.
- You can drink a glass a night over 6 weeks without worrying that the wine will oxidise and go bad. This is a biggy. The bag shrinks as the wine is extracted leaving no space for air to enter and cause problems.
- Once the said wine cask is empty you can inflate the bladder and use it as a pillow.
- If your significant other wants a glass of white and you want a glass of red, the wine cask is for you. You can safely open both casks without being concerned that you won’t finish the bottle (see point 2).
- It’s environmentally friendly. The casks are made from recycled material and leave a much smaller carbon footprint (half the size) than the equivalent bottle.
- No need for concern over aging your wine, this stuff is made to drink young. We can’t see there will be cellars full of cask wine anytime soon (happy to be proven wrong). Wine in casks are typically best enjoyed in the medium term, this is not a bad thing. Some of our most wonderful wine experiences have been with a new vintage vino.
- There are now magnum sized wine casks (1.5 litre), and we love a magnum (see Neal’s article here).
- Glass breaks, wine casks bounce. Ever dropped a bottle of wine, we have, not pretty.
- It’s an Australian invention. Be parochial people and embrace the inner bogan in all of us.
- The wine cask enables you to play Goon of Fortune on your Hills Hoist. What is Goon of Fortune you ask? (See here for Drew’s demonstration).
So get out there people and give this a go. There is a lot of promotion happening over the next month, apparently over 100 billboards nationally are going up, that’s a lot of dosh right there.
Author – Neal (The Wine Wankers)
More info at http://www.askforcask.com.au