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The Sonic Decanter: turning new wine into old

By Lia Sanders on 19/11/14 6:45 PM

Wine connoisseurs are used to waiting years to sample the perfect vintage. But a new invention claims to speed up the process by aging and improving any wine in less than half an hour.

The Sonic Decanter uses high frequency sound waves to change the wine’s molecules and, as the Seattle-based designers put it, “literally mimic the effects of Mother Nature” in a matter of minutes.

By making the molecules interact with each other at a faster rate than normal, it apparently softens the tannins and results in a smoother, fruitier taste.

Unlike traditional decanting, the gadget removes oxygen from the wine, increasing the shelf life as well as intensifying flavours and aromas.

The creators are hoping to raise enough money through a Kickstarter campaign to begin manufacturing the decanters. Backers from outside the USA can pre-order the decanter for $149 (£95) which will be launched in July of next year.

Since the story was featured in The Telegraph this afternoon (18 November), the campaign has raised a further $6,000, smashing their $85,000 target with six days to go. It looks like the wine lovers are tired of waiting.