Cons of Cork Stoppers:
1. Price – Corks normally cost three times more than the screw cap. This can drive up the price of your favorite wine, and let’s face it, we all love a good deal. Corks also vary in quality and brand which further leads to varying prices.
2. Inconsistency – Since cork is a natural material, different compositions can often result in each bottle of wine tasting slightly different, due to the cork. The porousness varies between each cork, meaning the air intake is different for each bottle. This was previously mentioned as a pro to aging wine with cork tops, but in fact can also be a con as it could lead to inconsistent flavours. Ultimately, based on the attention to detail winemakers place on selecting the best corks, this is really a small concern.
3. Fragility – Naturally, corks do crumble and weaken over time. They’re made from bark after all. Wine bottles must be kept laid on their sides in order for the cork to remain damp and strong, but if you’re like us, and haven’t always been a pro at opening cork tops, you may have broken a cork a time or two in your day… Have you ever had to fish out some leftover cork from your wine? We’d love to hear one of your most memorable stories!
4. Tainting – Over 10% of wines are subject to what is known as “cork taint”. This refers to the chemical TCA, or 2,4,6-trichloroanisole that affects wood-derived materials. Although harmless, chlorine comes into contact with fungi during the processing of the cork and causes the wine to have an aroma we’ve heard described in many ways, from “sour” to “wet cardboard” “wet dog” and beyond… Yuck! Not a chance we’re all willing to take right?
5. Equipment Required – Last but not least, and of course the most obvious, cork tops require a corkscrew and someone who knows how to use one! Have you ever went to open a bottle of wine and found that your opener was missing in action? We’ve been there… and quite honestly this is one of our main reasons for loving a good screwtop. Camping anyone?