As any wine connoisseur will tell you, a lot of things come into play that makes one bottle of wine better than the other. Even if you visit the best wineries in Margaret River or elsewhere in Western Australia, there’s no guarantee that you’ll pick the best bottle, especially if you don’t know about the things you need to look for in wines.
One of the biggest misconceptions about wines is that older wines taste the best. While this is true for some, there are those types of wine that are best enjoyed even as soon as about a year or two after bottling. Taste is entirely dependent on the brand, ingredients, aging process and the like, which you can find out by reading the bottle’s back label. If you have trouble processing the information in the label, you might as well consult with a wine expert.
You may also want to take note of the wine’s colour because, generally speaking, it tips you off about the wine’s grape variety and, therefore, its taste. Red wines that appear purple and white wines that have hints of green are likely to have been made from three or more types of grapes, and thus have a stronger flavour. The colour will also give you a hint if the wine is vintage or not. Older ones tend to be dull in colour, while those younger in age are brighter and more reflective.