Amorim has developed a technique called NDtech, which uses gas chromatography to detect any cork with 0.05 nanograms of TCA per litre and removes it from the production line.
I had a chance to compare the effectiveness of three different wine closures after a container of German riesling was affected by heat in transit to New Zealand.
I’m frequently asked what percentage of NZ wines now use screwcaps.
In all my years of opening screw-capped wines, several thousand bottles a year, I have never seen a seriously damaged cap. Until this week.
The failings of natural cork as a wine closure were starkly revealed at the 32nd annual Cullen International Chardonnay Tasting in Margaret River a fortnight ago.
The combination of ArdeaSeal and minimal sulfur might be seen by some as risky, but it seems to work chez Ponsot.
How would you describe a screwcap with a capsule on top of it?
This week I received a tasting sample of German sylvaner in a screw-capped bocksbeutel.
Several reports have claimed recently that cork is strengthening its hold as the preferred wine-bottle closure.
Visiting wineries and meeting people in Alsace, I was struck by how many had some connection with Australia.