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Cork

Cork has been the traditional closer for wine for hundreds of years However, since wine has become more popular the supply of quality cork has been out stripped by demand so other types of cork have been sought.

Despite all the new types of closures on the market cork, for now, remains the closure of choice for the more expensive wines.

Cork has been the traditional closer for wine for hundreds of years However, since wine has become more popular the supply of quality cork has been out stripped by demand so other types of cork have been sought.

Despite all the new types of closures on the market cork, for now, remains the closure of choice for the more expensive wines.

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The Pros of Cork

- Cork has a long history with wine and has been used as the sealing method of choice for over 400 years.

- Cork can be compressed easily so has an excellent anti-slip property.

- It allows the passage of oxygen into the bottle allowing the wine to breathe whilst it is maturing.

- Cork has an image of quality.

- It is a renewable resource since only the bark is removed from the cork tree.

- Cork makes a satisfying 'pop' when removed from the bottle.

- It is is biodegradable.

- Cork supports an entire industry of corkscrews and other products.

Cons of Cork

- Cork can cause problems with the wine such as TCA.

- It can be difficult to remove, and sometimes break off into the bottle.

- Cork is becoming more expensive

Technical Cork

Technical Cork covers closures made from reconstituted cork which is bonded together. There are various types made and it behaves in a similar manner to natural cork. It tends to be used in relatively inexpensive wine.

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