Gayda's nine-way Syrah experiment

What is the effect of the shape, size and material of the container in which a wine is aged?

Take the fruit from one vineyard near Perpignan, ferment it, then put the wine into nine different ageing vessels. What do you get? Nine different wines – and not always what you might have expected.

Gayda’s Tim Ford and winemaker Vincent Chansault (pictured below) were in London earlier this summer to reveal the initial results of this intriguing and not yet conclusive experiment.

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