Natural Cork vs. Screw Cap

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Overview: 

As a team, we are passionate and dedicated to assuring the very best product for our consumers. Thus, we consistently scour the market for solutions, at this juncture, we want to address the practical and emotional benefits behind the type of closures that Aristo might consider.  

To simplify and summarize the findings and discussions, wines made to lay down for 5-10 years may benefit from utilization of natural cork. Consider though from a production perspective that natural cork TCA or cork taint happens to roughly about 2-3% of wines, not including potential issues that arise from bottling. Industry wise, this leads to a rather large loss. 

Younger wines and more ready to consume immediately or up to the next four years would benefit from utilization of a screw cap that allows a calculated oxygen exchange. In addition, it would be advantageous to use screw caps for wines that have to travel or see a fair amount of transportation.  These are a few reasons why the team at Aristo is looking into adopting screw cap closures for most of our wines. 

 

Comparison:  

Natural Cork

Pros:

  • Natural Product. 
  • Rich History and tradition of usage.
  • Slow oxygen exchange for aging in bottle.

Cons:

  • Corked wine. 2, 4, 6-trichloroanisole, TCA, infects cork and spoils the wine.
  • Inconsistency, as no two corks are the same, yielding different results for each wine.
  • Cork opening can present a challenge and fall into wine.
  • Cork breakage or cracking during bottling.
  • Less durable for transport or shipping. Wine can seep through and leak
  • Requires a tool for opening
  • Cork oak is not very sustainable 
  • On the bottling side, extra corks cannot be saved and used again for more than a few months before they need reconditioning

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Screw Cap

Pros:

  • Easy to open. Convenience. No tool needed
  • New caps allow calculated amount of oxygen exchange for aging.
  • Better preservation compared to cork.
  • Very consistent in maintaining original product in bottle.
  • Consistent and durable in transport.
  • No chance of infecting wine with TCA
  • After bottling, extra screwcaps can be saved and used indefinitely, allowing bottlers to save money by purchasing in bulk

Cons:

  • Does not allow consumer to have experience of opening or "popping the cork"
  • No history or tradition of use over many years.
  • Still considered by some to be the hallmark of a cheaper product.

 

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