CO2 Released by artificial stoppers
CO2 retained by cork stoppers
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
Winemakers in Australia and New Zealand are switching to screwcap closures. Doesn’t that suggest a positive experience with using them?
Winemakers have begun to use screwcaps, especially on fresh aromatic and quick drinking wines, but most also use cork.
As well as concern about suphide like odours, many winemakers have expressed caution about their suitability for wines with greater complexity.
They have concern that screwcaps will slow down bottle ageing, creating ‘Peter Pan’ wines, ‘frozen in time’, which never develop the same character as they do under cork.
Some winemakers have returned to cork, disappointed with the effect on wine quality.
We are confident that with further experience winemakers will recognise the value a cork closure can add to their wine.
A Cork Comeback08/10/2013
After a journey to Portugal and to Amorim facilities, Tal Gal Cohen and Snow Shai present: “A Cork Comeback” part of web series “Wine Passions”.
Amorim and O-I Launch Wine Packaging Innovation17/06/2013
HELIX, the cork & glass solution with an ‘unexpected twist’
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.