Nomacorc, the global market leader in the alternative wine closure category, today announced the market introduction of the NomaSelector™, an innovative software tool that uses a scientific model to recommend a closure tailored for a specific wine.
Based on factors such as grape variety, region, winemaking style and desired shelf life, the NomaSelector™ provides a scientific approach to closure choice, enabling winemakers to determine the optimum closure for their wines to age in the most consistent, fault-free manner.
The breakthrough model was developed using conclusions from Nomacorc’s oxygen management research programs at leading academic wine institutes around the world. The consortium studied the impact of oxygen ingress through the closure on the development of wines and unraveled the complex role different winemaking practices and oxygen exposure regimes play in the optimal sensory expression of different varietals.
“The NomaSelector™ manifests our commitment to winemaker intention and provides a practical, accurate approach to selecting a closure,” said Maurizio Ugliano, enological research manager for Nomacorc. “Drawing on years of research and acquired knowledge, we’ve created a tool that efficiently allows a winemaker to customize closure choice for an individual wine. The industry has come to recognize that closure selection is a functional phase of winemaking, and this new technology revolutionizes that process for winemakers.”
The NomaSelector™ guides winemakers through a structured questionnaire on the grape variety and winemaking practices used, as well as the intended shelf life, storage and distribution for a wine. Using the data submitted, the model uses an algorithm to determine the best Nomacorc Select Series closure for a wine.
Results from the NomaSelector™ are exclusive to Nomacorc’s newest line of closures – the Select Series. Tailored to eliminate fault in wines post-bottling and provide solutions for wines with complex oxygen management requirements, the Select Series expands and extends the existing range of oxygen transfer rates (OTRs) available from previous Nomacorc products.
The Select Series portfolio currently includes the Select 700, Select 500 and Select 300, which features Nomacorc’s lowest commercially available OTR. Early in 2012, Nomacorc will launch the Select 100, a closure designed specifically to prevent reduction in lighter, fruit-forward style wines.
“The Select Series represents our most advanced closure line to date, and the NomaSelector™ is unprecedented technology to the winemaking industry,” said Malcolm Thompson, global vice president of marketing and innovation at Nomacorc. “When used in tandem, these innovations will provide winemakers with the best closure to keep any wine – from a crisp white to a full-bodied red – at its very best. ”
Committed to innovation and education in the wine industry, Nomacorc, through its associates and distributors, offers the NomaSelector™ for use by winemakers, retailers and bottlers at no cost.
Nomacorc is a worldwide leader in wine closures and the No. 1 closure brand for still wines in manycountries including France, Germany and the United States. Dedicated to technological innovation, Nomacorc manufactures its portfolio of products using a patented co-extrusion process. As a result, Nomacorc closures provide consistent, predictable oxygen management and protect against off-flavors due to oxidation, reduction or cork taint. Nomacorc’s 100 percent recyclable products are available through a vast network of distributors and sales agents on six continents. With 500 employees worldwide and state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in the United States, Belgium and China, Nomacorc produces more than 2 billion closures annually. Working with renowned wine research institutes worldwide, the company leads the wine closure industry in fundamental and applied research into oxygen management in wine. For more information, visit nomacorc.com or follow Nomacorc on Twitter (@Nomacorc) and Facebook (Nomacorc).
Nomacorc is the world leader in synthetic closures. Using patented co-extrusion technology, Nomacorc's portfolio of products provides consistent oxygen management & protects against off-flavors and other wine faults.