Tin is weer in. Tenminste, voor de capsule om de hals van de fles (zie foto hieronder).
Dat blijkt uit het onderzoek van Wine Business onder wijngaarden. Plastic is dus weer uit voor de capsule.
Wel een goede ontwikkeling vind ik. Tin voelt lekkerder aan en haal je er makkelijker af.
Results from Wine Business Monthly’s 2006 Capsule Survey show that capsules–the sleeve that covers a wine bottle’s closure and neck–remain the most popular way to finish a wine bottle.
Eighty-one percent of respondents indicated that they use capsules, a drop from 2004 when 95 percent of respondents used capsules. (The survey is conducted every other year). Although capsules serve many uses–identifying the wine, protecting against tampering and preventing contaminates from settling into the wine–the drop in usage may be explained by the increasing use of alternative closures that render capsules unnecessary, such as screw caps.
With the screw cap usage on the rise, 17 percent of respondents reported that they use the caps to finish their wines. In 2004, WBM did not specifically ask about the use of screw caps, however, 2 percent of respondents reported using "other" materials, a category that included screw caps, to finish their bottle packaging.
Small wineries, those producing less than 50,000 cases, are almost entirely responsible for the booming usage of screw caps. While the survey found that large wineries account for 4 percent of screw cap usage, fully 20 percent of small wineries are using screw caps for all or part of their portfolios.
Use of a wax finish has declined, dropping from 3 percent among wineries of all sizes in 2004 to 1 percent in 2006. In 2004, large wineries comprised almost the entire category, with 16 percent of respondents indicating they used wax finishes. In 2006, zero large winery respondents reported using the method.
Capsules today come in a variety of forms and are most commonly made of tin, aluminum, PVC plastic or plastic-aluminum laminates, such as polylam. Many wineries, especially large wineries, report using a mix of capsule materials for their wines. The most commonly used capsule material is tin, which is being used by 56 percent of survey respondents, a jump of 19 percent from 2004.
The growth of tin has come at the expense of other capsule materials, the use of which has dropped since 2004. PVC capsules, which are being used by 19 percent of respondents, have taken the hardest hitdown 11 percent from 2004. Polylam capsule use suffered almost as much; use of polylam was reported at 15 percent in 2006, an 8 percent drop from 2004. The least popular capsule material is aluminum, used by 8 percent of respondents in 2006, a 2 percent drop from two years ago.
Small wineries are far more likely to use tin than their large winery counterparts. Small wineries report using tin capsules on 62 percent of their production, far more than any other material. By contrast, only 16 percent of small winery production carries a PVC capsule, the second-most popular material. Polylam follows with 11 percent and aluminum claims 9 percent of small winery bottle finishes.