Choosing a Wine Cork05/09/2012
When browsing MoreWine!'s selection of wine corks, it may be difficult to know which one is best for your particular wine. Choosing the correct cork comes down to two factors: how long the wine will be in the bottle before it gets consumed, and economics. If you will be bottling a simple, fruity wine that will be drunk within a year, then you probably don't need a wine cork that is rated for 15 -20 years (a grade 1, natural cork will absolutely do the job, but at 1.27$ a piece it is probably a bit overkill for this situation!). On the other hand, if you have made a wine that you will be appreciating for the next 5-10 years then it doesn't make sense to close that bottle with a wine cork that is only rated for 1 year, either! When choosing your cork, therefore, the goal is to strike a balance between the projected lifespan of the wine and how much you need to spend to ensure the wine is protected for this duration.
Years rated for:
- Aglica* wine corks are rated for around 1 year.
- Synthetic* wine corks are rated for around 2 years.
- Agglomerated* "1+1" wine corks are rated for upto 5 years.
- Grade 3 natural wine corks are rated for 5-10 years.
- Grade 2 natural wine corks are rated for 5-15 years
- Grade 1 natural wine corks are rated for 5-20 years
*Please note: due to the firm nature of the polymers used to make them, synthetic corks do not compress as easily as natural corks. If you are using a hand corker this is an important detail to keep in mind because hand corkers do not generate enough compression to be able to completely insert a synthetic wine cork into a bottle: If you are using a hand corker we recommend only using natural corks. Floor corkers, on the other hand, easily generate the necessary compression to work with synthetic corks with no problem.
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