the future of cork

In 2016, Kale Wines began using corks by Portocork America's ICON Certification process utilizing NDTECH technology, the world's first natural cork with a non-detectable TCA guarantee.  This unique quality control service individually tests each cork for the presence of TCA and removes any stopper which has a detectable level.  Based on the deployment of fast chromatography each individual stopper is tested in a matter of seconds and any cork with more than 0.5 ng/L is automatically removed from the supply chain.

What is cork taint?  What does it mean when a bottle of wine is corked?  How can you tell if a wine is corked?

Corked wine is a term for a wine that has become contaminated with cork taint.  Cork taint is not simply the taste of a cork.  Rather it is caused by the presence of a chemical compound called TCA (2,4,6 - trichloroanisole), a naturally occurring compound that may be found in the cork of the wine bottle.  The wine may smell musty, or like wet dog, wet cardboard or newspaper.  While drinking corked wine is not harmful to your health, it does ruin the experience.  Should a wine be flawed upon opening, please immediately re-seal the remaining portion, and contact us for exchange.


May 2016, The Drinks BusinessCork Suppliers Step Toward TCA-Free Future