Every time I discuss closures at one of my Tasting Classes I emphasise that the closure debate is one that has no end. New developments and innovative ideas will continue as long as glass bottles are used to deliver wine to us.
I see from multiple sources this morning that a new closure called the Helix (http://www.helixconcept.com/) has been developed for inexpensive wines where both glass and natural cork are seen as necessary, advantageous or both. It was launched at Vinexpo. It's clever and took four years to develop. The bottle is grooved to take the grooves in the amalgamated cork. This allows the cork to act as a cork, with all the benefits that its elasticity brings to the seal, and at the same time allow easy opening and resealing. Cork remember comes from cork oak trees and as such can claim to reduce the planets C02 levels, preserve local and unique habitats and be a completely biodegradable product. Not a bad cv! (loads more quality info on cork from www.apcor.pt)
Mind you. Where's the Pop? Seems that this one pops and all!
Wonder which of the big brands will adopt this first?
|Traditional harvesting of the bark of a cork oak tree from http://www.tavira-today.com|