(NC)—Cork may be customary, but closures moulded perfectly to fit the lip of a wine bottle are delivering many practical benefits in the modern age. The switch is mainly to safeguard the wine against “cork taint”.
At any given time, an average of one bottle in 12 worldwide is declared “corked” experts say, a reference to tainted wine caused by the processing of this natural material. So, even though modern techniques with cork have lowered the risk, it is still possible for a portion of the vintage to be spoiled with no reflection on the winemaker or the winery itself.
“It’s the classic nightmare to discover after a long period of precision production that an otherwise beautiful wine was spoiled by its closure,” says Jaime Moore, a brand manager for the Australian line, Lindeman’s. “Even when you weigh in the romantic notion of uncorking the wine, or being able to keep the cork as a souvenir, most winemakers admit that the modern devices for maintaining the quality of the wine are pretty appealing.”
Wine without the cork can also be stored upright. In centuries past, cellaring was important for laying a wine on its side to keep the cork moist. If a cork dries out, it can shrink, allowing air inside to degrade the wine. Extensive cellaring is no longer a common feature in the average home, so storing screwcapped wine upright in smaller spaces is duly efficient.
“With the airtight, screwcap closure, you can easily close it again after just one glass, Moore continued. “And to maintain an air of romanticism, bring the bottle to the table opened, or learn to twist off the cap with dramatic flare as restaurants do. The beauty of the bottle should trump the missing cork, so keep this kind of eye-appeal in mind when shopping.”
Moore points out that Lindeman’s newest eye-appeal is called ‘modern refresh’. Labels of the Bin line for example are now infused with metallic style and colour and feature capsules for clearly identifying the reds and whites in an informative way. A tasting note from the Bin 65 Chardonnay describes the pending taste experience for this wine as one that “combines flavours of peach and melon with a soft, smooth finish.” Bin 65 Chardonnay is also celebrating its 25th anniversary in Canada.