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Do wines age just as well under screwcaps as they do under good quality cork?
It is a mistake to equate the best quality corks with screwcaps, which have a much stronger tendency to impart reduced characters to wine and restrict wine development.
While screwcaps may be suitable for some wines intended for quick drinking, very little is yet known about the impact of screwcaps on more complex wines intended for long-term cellaring.
Current thinking suggests that wines will develop more slowly under screwcap and may develop into different wines. They may never develop the characters winemakers and consumers appreciate in cork-sealed wines.
In those markets with greatest experience of screwcap, there is growing recognition that the issue of cork vs screwcap is far less clear-cut than screwcap advocates claim.
Wines do not need oxygen to age, as Ribéreau-Gayon has demonstrated, so are corks relevant to wine development?
Wines may not need oxygen to develop, but it appears that they benefit from the minute amount of oxygen ingress allowed by cork stoppers.
Where wines have been totally deprived of oxygen, i.e. in glass ampoules, they have also displayed a marked tendency to develop suphide-like odours. So evolution may continue to occur, it just so that it leads to results that are far from what the winemaker originally intended.
The findings of researchers at University of Bordeaux 2 suggest that oxygen diffusion through the natural cork is more important than reported by J. Ribéreau-Gayon in 1933.
Ribéreau-Gayon used a similar colorimetric method, but did not record the characteristics of the closures, the bottles or the storage conditions, factors that Lopes et al. believe would help to partially explain some of the differences between the results of the 1933 and 2005 studies.
Nancy Mills, ‘Sealing themes and variations’, article in Aust. Wine Industry Journal, October 2005
Corticeira Amorim nominated finalist of the European Business Awards, in the Top 10 Innovative Companies11/01/2013
Corticeira Amorim is one of the 10 selected finalists in the Innovation category, an award rewarding excellence associated with innovation, based on strict ethical principles.
Cork used in state-of-the-art Siemens metro07/01/2013
Amorim provided solutions for the state-of-the-art Inspiro metro, designed by Siemens to be one of the most efficient and sustainable vehicles of its kind, boasting cutting-edge design.
Seal of Sustainability awarded to Corticeira Amorim25/09/2012
Corticeira Amorim acknowledged by the Portuguese Platform for Sustainable Construction as the only gold level company
Anna Loskiewicz, winner of Vitra Design Museum competition12/09/2012
367 projects from 39 countries have responded to the challenge launched by Vitra Design Museum and Domaine de Boisbuchet in partnership with Corticeira Amorim.
Ana Loskiewicz, a Polish designer, is the winner of a competition sponsored by Corticeira Amorim.
Leading Australian winery returns to cork30/07/2012
Leading Australian winery Rusden Wines has announced it is giving up on screwcap closures after five years as a result of persistent quality control issues and will now bottle its entire product range under cork.
Habitable sculptural module made of cork on display in Guimaraes, Portugal09/07/2012
Shelter by GG, a habitable module made of cork, was designed by Gabriela Gomes and is now displayed at Guimarães, the European Capital of Culture. Designed with cork from Corticeira Amorim.
Vitra Design Museum launches a competition in partnership with Corticeira Amorim20/06/2012
Vitra Design Museum launches a competition in partnership with Corticeira Amorim. The Vitra Design Museum in partnership with Corticeira Amorim has recently launched a competition challenging designers from all over the world to design new and innovative uses for cork.
Presentation of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, lined with cork from Amorim04/06/2012
The Pavilion will be open to the public until 14 October 2012 in London. The opening event of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion on the 1st of June was reported by 135 journalists. This is a true showcase for Portuguese natural cork.
Amorim, New Supporter of the Wine & Spirit education Trust16/05/2012
The world’s leading cork producer Amorim has become the latest wine trade company officially to support the Wine & Spirit Education Trust world-wide.
Cork featured at Serpentine Gallery Pavilion08/05/2012
Cork has been selected as the distinctive design element for the 2012 architectural presentation at the renowned Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London.
OIV RECOGNISES ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS OF CORK02/12/2011
The International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) has passed a resolution defining the principles of an international greenhouse gas accounting protocol and in the process has officially recognised the role of natural cork closures in reducing greenhouse gases.
China a key to sustained growth for cork industry01/12/2011
The continuing development of China as a major consumer of wine is seeing the nation emerge as an important player in the sustained growth of the cork industry.