Champagne will use plastic
According to Nukorc, an Australian-based synthetic
closure producer, Champagne will be using plastic stoppers within
the next three years. Their stoppers are made of compressed extruded
plastic and have been tested for the past 18 months.
The company's managing director says that Freixenet - famous cava
producer - and several Australian sparkling winemakers are already
pleased with the performance. Synthetic stoppers are much less expensive
than natural cork, they prevent cork taint (TCA), they perfectly hold
gas pressure and come in any colour, which enables trademarks to match
them with the cap, wire or label. Although 'high quality' Champagnes
are far from ready to take the move yet, most Champagne producers
who do not sell vintages to keep 20 years will certainly resort to
synthetic "cork" very soon.
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