Of course, Mira Winery has invented the word "aquaoir" to describe flavor variations that occur during bottle aging, meaning that it really has nothing in common with "terroir" at all.
Sommelier Patrick Emerson produced some lovely nonsense after sampling some of the water-aged wine.
‘I am quite surprised – shocked at how quickly these two wines have changed paths – something magical has happened with “aquaoir”. The signature difference might be in the riddling motion of the tides.’Mira winemaker Gustavo Gonzalez made the much humbler and more believable claim that...
‘It’s not better, it’s not worse and it is definitely different.’Unfortunately he followed that with wine mumbo-jumbo rivalling Emerson's.
‘The land wine is tighter versus aquaoir-aged wine, which is more complex and broad, more open and relaxed.’I love wine myself, and would love to do some taste-testing of water-aged versus cellar-aged wine, but wine descriptions tend to leave a bad taste in my mouth.