Wine will prematurely develop if stored in an environment that has large temperature variations, particularly if these occur frequently. Wine should never be stored in temperatures that are too cold (under 12ºC) as this will inhibit the development of the wine.
Similarly, wine stored in temperatures that are too warm (over 19ºC) will cause overly rapid development of your wine.
The variations in temperature cause corks to expand and contract which leads to oxidation of the wine.
Our temperature control systems ensure the cellar temperature is very stable.
While each Kennards wine cellar facility has different attributes, our cellars typically maintain 14°C, 15°C or 16°C (+ or - 1°C).
If wine is stored in conditions that are too dry, the cork will shrink and cause leakage. Too moist, then mould and contamination may occur.
In addition, any spaces in the corks will allow air to enter and oxidise the wine which also leads to spoilage.
Kennards Wine Storage maintains moderate humidity levels (55%-75%) to avoid these problems and assist in the optimum wine development conditions.
Movement & Handling
Wine is a sensitive and fragile product. Frequent jolts or vibrations during its development can be detrimental. Storing wine next to the fridge or in the laundry exposes it to constant vibration and should be avoided. With your own personal cellar you control every movement or handling of your wine. You don’t have to worry about storemen or forklifts moving it, like in a managed warehouse operation. No one else has access to your wine, so all movement and handling is performed by you.
Light & Storage
Frequent exposure to light is determined for a wines development. The Kennards Wine Storage Cellars are enclosed and the wine will only see the light when you visit. Again, when your wine is not under your control, who knows what light exposure it is getting?