Oh, screw it: for many, ye olde cork is still the way to go


Oh, screw it: for many, ye olde cork is still the way to go

Despite the virtues of screw-tops, the emotional connection to those woody stoppers persists

Michael Fridjhon

Michael Nash is an Australian with an IT background and a deep interest in Cape wines. He had planned to direct a luxury wine tourism programme to SA before the incompetence of our tourism authorities – rather than Covid-19 – put paid to the idea.

This doesn’t mean he’s given up drinking the top wines from many of our best-known producers. On the contrary, though he is permitted to buy wine where he has been locked down (you could argue that, unlike SA, Australia’s collective leadership is at least smarter than its prime minister), he has chosen to plunder his Cape wine collection.

He has found that several wines, all perfectly stored, have not aged well. He is not alone in this: WineMag’s Christian Eedes, reviewing the 2010 vintage reds 10 years on, observed that some of the wines were “unduly advanced and, in some cases, oxidised”. ..

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