USA: Clos du Bois classics to bottle with synthetic closure

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US producer of Sonoma County Wines, Clos du Bois has announced plans to bottle an entire line of wines with a synthetic closure.

After testing synthetic corks on more than 7m bottles of wine over a period of two years, Clos de Bois has said that in future it will use a new bottle enclosure called Neocork on all of its classic wines collection.

In a statement, the company said of the change from traditional corks to synthetic: "We are thrilled with the new corks. The transition has gone smoothly with few questions or concerns from consumers."

The Clos du Bois Sonoma County "Classic" collection of wines consists of Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel.

"The wine industry has been plagued by unreliable wood bark corks for years. Wine industry experts place the rate of spoiled wine due to bad corks somewhere between 8% and 10%, forcing producers to look for a safe and effective alternative bottle closure," said Steve Smit, general manager of Clos de Bois.

"We are currently conducting quality control tests to measure the long-term effects on wines that require longer bottle ageing. And have been paying close attention to the potential for leakage over long periods of wine ageing."

"So far, there has been nothing to indicate that this will be a concern," he added.

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