Taylors Wines introduces screw caps for sparkling

Australia-based winery Taylors Wines has introduced a new screw cap seal to replace corks on its sparkling wine.

The seal is similar to the screw caps that have superseded cork in most of Australia’s white and red table wine industry. The new seal can withstand the pressure of sparkling wine.

The move follows a small number of Australian producers who have topped specialist sparkling wines with beer bottle-like crown seals.

In 2004, when Taylors figured out problems with taint in cork that spoiled white wines, it replaced the entire range of its rieslings with screw caps.

The company will be sealing only 10% of its sparkling wine bottles with the screw caps in an attempt to maintain the occasion of popping a cork with sparkling wines.

Earlier this year, De Bortoli Wines partnered with two of Australia’s leading packaging suppliers to launch the country’s first screw-capped sparkling wines.

The wine company has applied the highly-anticipated sparkling screw-cap to its Trevi range as well as its Willowglen Sparkling Brut.

The new innovative screw-cap called “Viiva” was developed locally by Guala Closures Australia in response to ongoing complaints from industry and consumers about traditional cork closed sparkling wines including opening difficulty and loss of carbonation.

Guala Closures Australia worked in collaboration with leading glass manufacturer O-I to develop a bottle specifically designed to fit the closure.

The unique closure system took five years to develop.

“This closure system is perfectly suited to sparkling wines which are popular among women who often report difficulties in opening cork-closures and resealing a bottle with alternative closures once opened,” said De Bortoli Wines’ Export Director Victor De Bortoli.

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