Why Shape Matters

Claus J. Riedel was the world’s first person to recognise that the flavour of wine and spirits was greatly influenced by the shape of the glass. Based on this understanding, Riedel revolutionised the world of wine and has launched dozens of collections to enhance the enjoyment of wine and spirits for millions of people around the world. 

EXPLORE BY WINE TYPE
CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Body: ♦♦♦♦♦

Use CORRECT shape:
Aroma of dark fruit, spice, herbs and chocolate. Bold balance of fruit, tannin and acidity on palate.

Use INCORRECT shape:
Compressed, candylike and simple aroma. No fruit on the palate, along with short, tannic finish.

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PINOT NOIR

Body: ♦♦♦

Use CORRECT shape:
Delicate aroma led by red fruits, rose petals and honey. Silky smooth on the palate with a hint of tannin. Long finish.

Use INCORRECT shape:
Diffused and generic table wine aroma. Acidic, dry, short and fruitless finish on the palate.

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Pinot Noir-Aroma
SYRAH/SHIRAZ

Body: ♦♦♦♦

Use CORRECT shape:
Aroma of dark berries, black pepper and dark chocolate. Velvety, soft and long savoury finish on the palate.

Use INCORRECT shape:
One-dimensional aroma with no fruit. Acidic, dry, and harsh finish on the palate.

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OAKED CHARDONNAY

Body: ♦♦♦♦

Use CORRECT shape:
Aroma of tropical fruit, and vanilla or butter. Creamy and long finish on the palate.

Use INCORRECT shape:
Compressed, generically sweet aroma. Watery mouthfeel, with short finish and no fruit on the palate.

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Chardonnay-Aroma
SAUVIGNON BLANC/RIESLING

Body: ♦

Use CORRECT shape:
Fresh aroma dominated by citrus fruits and crispness. Refreshing on the palate.

Use INCORRECT shape:
Little or no aroma. Short, acidic finish on the palate.

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Sauvignon Blanc-Aroma
CHAMPAGNE

Body: ♦♦♦

Use CORRECT shape:
Aroma of yellow fruit and brioche. Delicate yet fresh anc crisp on the palate. Bubbles accentuate, not dominate.

Use INCORRECT shape:
No aroma. On the palate, dry and yeasty, with no fruit. Dominated by bubbles.

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Champagne-Aroma
JUNMAI SAKE

Body: ♦♦♦♦

Use CORRECT shape:
Bold aroma of savoury umami, fresh rice, and melon. Creamy texture and minerality on the palate.

Use INCORRECT shape:
Strong aroma of yeast, with little fresh rice or fruit. Watery mouthfeel, and short, acidic finish on the palate.

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Junmai-Aroma
DAIGINJO SAKE

Body: ♦♦

Use CORRECT shape:
Fresh, powerful aroma of tropical fruit. Balance of fruit, umami and acidity on the palate.

Use INCORRECT shape:
No aroma, with acidic finish and no tropical fruit on the palate.

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Daiginjo-Aroma
SINGLE MALT WHISKY

Body: ♦♦♦♦♦

Use CORRECT shape:
Delicate aroma of fruit, flowers, honey and spices. Smooth and long finish on the palate.

Use INCORRECT shape:
Aroma dominated by alcohol, missing floral and fruit notes. No sweetness on the palate, and short, harsh finish, followed by overpowering heat.

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Whisky-Aroma
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