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Wednesday 1 October 2014

A new twist on cork is unveiled

17th June, 2013 by Andy Young

The wine cork could be set for a revival with the launch of a twistable and re-sealable version that could do away with the corkscrew.

Helix cork and bottleThe Helix cork and bottle has a thread finish, which allows drinkers to twist the stopper open and closed again, creating on airtight barrier.

The Helix will be unveiled at Vinexpo in Bordeaux today and its makers say it could be on shelves within two years.

The design is the result of a four-year collaboration between Portuguese cork manufacturer Amorim and US bottle maker O-I, who are aiming it at the £5 to £10 “popular premium” market.

O-I Europe president Erik Bouts said extensive testing of wine stored in Helix bottles had shown no alteration to the taste, aroma or colour after 26 months.

Mr Bouts said: “For centuries, cork and glass has been a winning combination in the wine market, yet it is only through this partnership that we have been able to create such a major innovation in the industry.

“Cork is still by far the preferred stopper. Our research has found that at least 80% of consumers prefer the cork and glass combination for their wine.

“It has the highest-quality image in the market and now we have made it easier to use. And it is still the most sustainable option.”

The manufacturers have used agglomerated, or granulated, cork for the design, which they claim offers greater elasticity and reliability than standard stoppers to better protect the wine.

Winemakers have increasingly been using alternative stoppers in the form of metal screwcaps or plastic to combat complaints about the inconsistent quality of cork and the resulting “cork taint” – the sour, musty taste that ruins a wine.

7 Responses to “A new twist on cork is unveiled”

  1. ravi singh says:

    An interesting new form of sustainability!

  2. Glugger says:

    Cork “has the highest-quality image in the market”??!!
    Research shows that 100% of wine buyers prefer non-faulty wine to faulty wine.
    Luckily for cork makers, at least 80% of consumers don’t know the difference.

    • Cp. Xilema says:

      You Sir are an ignoramus! You – like you said are part of the wine drinker that don’t know that non-faulty wine come even when you don’t use the best possible stopper AKA cork!
      Faulty wine can come from screw cap, plastic stopper and metal cap etc…
      Go and educate yourself before making such statements!

  3. Tom Kisabeth says:

    How is it applied? I understand it’s pnly a slight modification on the line but to what extent?
    Thanks!

  4. Tom Cannavan says:

    Here’s my short video demonstration/review of the Helix stopper that might answer some questions: http://bit.ly/12ULFJZ

  5. Ryan White says:

    Has anyone addressed what glue is used to create the cork since it is an agglomerated product? Glad they tested it for 26 months, but what about long term investment wines, how long before the glue breaks down or “taints” the wine?

  6. Justin says:

    If you open it… drink it. Have no fear. The closer is as temporary as the vino. :)

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