I came across a Zork recently on http://www.whywineblog.com/ You might be forgiven for thinking I'm confusing Star Wars with wines! Maybe you all deal with Zorks every day. It's been a while since I've seen one.
This is a Zork
The Zork is a wine closure that proves a point I've been at pains to preach for a while now - there are a lot of different closures out there and closures will continue to develop. We have not arrived at an end point simply because screwcaps or Stelvins are so good. whywineblog tells us that the Zork, 'consists of three parts: a robust outer cap providing a tamper evident clamp that locks onto the band of a standard bottle, an inner metal foil which provides an oxygen barrier similar to a screw cap, and an inner plunger which creates the 'pop' on extraction and reseals after use'.
One of the wines in the brilliant, and ongoing, Discover the Origin series of Burgundy Wine tastings I've been presenting has an equally unusual closure. The wine in question is the excellent red Domaine de Clos Saint Louis 2008 Fixin. It was sealed with a Gual Seal. Thanks to Niamh McNamara, who attended the Dublin course, I received a link to a website titled www.techniquesinhomewinemaking.com that explained this seal very well, 'This synthetic cork—marketed under the name Guala Seal Elite—is the work of the Guala Seal Group, an Italian company specializing in all types of closures, and consists of three main components, best described by the Italian Wine News (http://www.winenews.it) website as: a (polypropylene) chassis, that guarantees elastic memory and the adherence of its mechanical properties; the body, with its properties that make it impermeable to gases (particularly oxygen); and a “shield”, which is in contact with the wine itself and protection against any interaction with other elements'.
|This is a Gual|
It works. This wine is now four years old and is being shown all over the world, and at home in Burgundy at the BIVB's School of Wine, as being an excellent example of what Fixin does best. The wine is vibrant and fresh with taut red berry and raspberry primary fruits set into a tight and succulent palate. Well done Clos Saint Louis.Well done Gual.
Now, can anyone direct me to a Zork?