Riedel Wine Decanters
"Since Riedel heartedly believes all wines - young and old, red, white or sparkling - can be enhanced by decanting, it is only natural that they would have a wide selection of decanters in their collection; many elegant, complex, mouth-blown designs.
Decanting young wines in Riedel decanters gives the wine a chance to bloom and attain a stage of development that normally requires years of aging - liberating the aromas, intensifying the fruitiness of the mid-palate and rounding out the texture.
While decanting older wine, allows the wine to separate from any deposits that may have formed in the bottle over time.
Riedel's decanters are sculptural enough to qualify as art but are also incredible triumphs of functionality - a classic Riedel hallmark." (Quote from Riedel: http://www.riedel.com/restaurant/rr-guide/)
Most Riedel's Decanters don't have filters or funnels. For this reason, using the candle method when pouring the wine into the decanter might be helpful in order to successfully separate the sediment.
The wine is ought to stay in the decanter for the appropriate time (Read more about this topic). After this time, the wine can be poured into the glasses, and it is at this point when the aeration process gets to its latest step and the wine has developed to its maximum potential.
Riedel Black Tie Wine Decanter
The Black Tie is perfect for wines in need of more decanting time and aeration, as it has a shape which allows the wine to oxygenate very well, being wide at the main part of the decanter. The wine is poured in and out from the big opening of the decanter.
Riedel Eve Wine Decanter
The Eve Wine Decanter is a very special decanter for the Riedel's brand. Other than being undeniably beautiful and unique, it has some emotional value for them.
It is a great decanter for wine in need of less decanting time but more fast aeration. That is due to its shape which will make the wine splash against the decanter's walls and get a lot of oxygen in it.
Riedel Mamba Wine Decanter
The Mamba Decanter is quite similar to the Eve, although the shape difference undoubtedly affects the wine that is poured in it. In this case, there is more surface for the wine to oxygenate, while the fas aeration would be close to the Eve Decanter due to its long and thin neck.
It makes for a very versatile decanter which can be used for wine with need of decanting time as well as for wines in need of fast aeration.
Riedel Boa Wine Decanter
The Boa Wine Decanter could also be considered a decanter which would do good to wines needing short but intense time of oxygen exposition.
Due to its curvy shape when the wine is poured in, it follows the walls of the decanter and splashes. This gives it a short exposition to oxygen, although probably enough for some older red wines. However, it could also be used as a long exposition to air decanter as it's not as thin as some others.
To continue using your decanter and get the maximum potential out of it you should keep it clean and dry. As wine decanters and carafes are used to separate the sediments and residues from the actual drinkable wine, it is very common to find stains and dry sediment at the bottom.
Depending on the shape of the decanter cleaning it can result more or less difficult. The case of the Riedel's Decanters might be a bit more complex due to its shape. However, if you use the right tools such as brushes and cleaning beans to clean your decanter, and you follow the recommendations below, it won't be any problem. Read more about "how to clean your carafes and decanters" if you want to know what to do and what not to do when cleaning your decanter.
First of all, use hot water (not boiling): even when the tool is not cleaned right after its use. Pouring hot water into it and leaving overnight will help the stains and deposits to soften.
We recommend you to use restaurant crystal cleaner as a soap. It is an ultra concentrated soap, made from natural ingredients, derived from plants and salt. Contains no solvents, no harsh chemicals and it's completely biodegradable.
We recommend you to use the cleaner with the right brushes, this will give you the best result. They need to be flexible for those hard to reach places, easy to use and to clean.
If the stain is too adhered to the glass you should use decanter cleaning balls. Pop them in you wine decanter with some water and restaurant crystal cleaner and swirl them around.
We recommend you to dry it using a decanter stand. They need to be very stable and have a protection at the top so the fine glass is not scratched.
Finally, once you have used the stand and it seems like there is still water or condensed water, use the Eich Glas Wine Decanter Dryer. Press the microfiber-cloth into the decanter and twist the drying wand quickly between the palm of your hands until the decanter is clean and dry.