You have worked hard all year: You attended the vineyards nearly every day, you took care of your vines, saw the grapes ripen, harvested in perfect conditions and proceeded with the winemaking. It soon becomes clear that this year has yielded an exceptional vintage. You finally bottle the wine and are now ready to reap the financial return for all your hard efforts.
Rumours are making the round that the 2009 production of a white wine from a very well known Greek producer has fallen victim to bad corks. I first heard about this on Sunday morning, when I was having coffee with the winemaker himself. He was clearly worried, as he had over the last view days encountered multiple bottles of his wine that were all ruined by cork taint. These wines were just bottled a few weeks ago, and the cork used was not inexpensive! I have now heard from other sources that this seems indeed to be the case.
My thoughts are with the winemaker, if confirmed, this would be an enormous financial setback, especially in the current economic environment. I hope he will receive all possible support – I know that Greeks can be enormously gracious to those in need, and the wine community is tightly knit together! The consumer should not worry, I have no doubt that the effected bottles will not make it into the open market, or will be immediately withdrawn.
I posted on the issue of closures 3 weeks ago; this unfortunate event shows just how important the issue is. I encourage growers to support screwcaps as a viable alternative to cork. Cork taint on such a large scale is rare, however, it is a risk not to be underestimated.
On another note, I will be abroad on business over the next two weeks, and most likely not find the time to blog.