How to Judge a Cleanskin
Well to be honest I taste a lot of cleanskins and out of every 10 that I taste I reject 8 because of being faulty or just to expensive.
As a rule the criteria that I use for judging cleanskins is
- They must not be faulty that means
- Chemically sound no horrible odours
- The corks must be good
- The wine has not passed its optimum drinking age. (shot, passed)
- The cases are not falling apart
- The wine has to have body and flavour, I have tasted wine which just tasted like water and alcohol really.
- The wine has to be better than a comparable labelled product for the same money. Eg lets say I am tasting a chardonnay cleanskin for $10, I would compare it to say Deakin Chardonnay at the same money. If the Cleanskin is not substantially better than the Deakin I would not buy the wine.
- Regardless of how good the wine is you have to enjoy it to the last drop. When I buy a wine I generally drink the wine over 2-3 days just to see how it olds up with a little bit of air. If the wine falls apart after a day I will not buy it as it could fall apart in the bottle after 6 months.
- Always buy from a source that you trust, this is just a rule that I use because there are a lot of sharks out their and you need to keep on your toes when buying wine sometimes.
I hope this guide is of help to you as this is the criteria that I have been using for 25 years and it has not let me down yet.Regards Jack Simic