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Riedel Crystal Celebrates 260th Anniversary
April 8, 2016
With 260 years of exceptional craftsmanship under its belt, it’s no surprise that Riedel Crystal remains a coveted household brand in luxury glassmaking. To celebrate this milestone anniversary, the company’s multiple award-winning designer, Maximilian J. Riedel, has come up with an innovative decanter design that is modern, functional and undeniably classy.
Showing that a longstanding brand can indeed transcend generations, Riedel has released the brand new Ayam decanter. Providing an elegant, original means of presenting your finest wines, the Ayam decanter is inspired by a sought-after breed of hen by the same name, one that is indigenous to Indonesia.
Combining function and slick design aesthetics, Riedel’s Ayam decanter is easy to handle and its precise craftsmanship not only makes for an eye-catching table feature – an impressive sense of balance also allows users hang the piece from the tabletop. What’s more, the Ayam offers a duel decanter function to aerate wine both when it is poured into and back out of the decanter, which works to assist with the oxygenation process, reducing the time needed to settle the wine and in turn enhancing the complex aromas and flavours.
Handcrafted in Riedel’s glassworks in Kufstein, Austria, the Ayam decanter is recommended for younger red and white wines, and is available in three styles; clear, or featuring a white or black stripe. A further design, the limited edition Mamba Double Magnum Decanter, has also been developed in celebration of the anniversary.
Professor Claus J. Riedel is said to have been the first designer to recognise that the shape of the glass from which any given wine is consumed enhances its taste and balance. The Riedel name has since forged a successful specialism is matching liquor with stemware, with a focus on thin-blown, unadorned glass. Marking Riedel’s 260th anniversary in style, the Ayam and Mambo decanters aim to continue the family-run company’s commitment to exceptional glassware.
Words by Annie Biziou – Lifestyle Editor