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.
The recent trend towards wax or plastic-dipped corks is a pointless affectation.
I recently presented a masterclass on the wine ageing process at Winetopia.