AUSTRALIA: Wyndham moving to screw cap alternative
Australia's Orlando Wyndham Wines, part of the French wine and spirits group Pernod Ricard is to use the controversial screw cap or stelvin as it is known for its super premium brand, Steingarten Riesling.
The move by Orlando, producers of the Jacob's Creek brand to the alternative screw cap method will be seen by the industry as significant, being the first of the country's four big producers (Southcorp, BRL Hardy and Fosters) to make the change.
Tainting is one of the main reasons alternative closure methods have been developed. A recent study carried out by the Australian Wine Research Institute showed that the screw cap, best known for its use on low-price and fortified wines is by far the best method to remove taint from wine which is most vulnerable.
Sold solely in Australia, Steingarten is produced in very small quantities, about 2000-2500 cases a year and retails at around A$28 (US$14.49).
Corked wine is believed to affect 5% of all bottles.
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