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Nomacorc commissions new oxygen management research

Published:  11 September, 2012

Synthetic wine closure producer, Nomacorc, has initiated new research projects with three academic institutions in a bid to broaden its knowledge on wine and oxygen interaction.

DLR Rheinpfalz in Germany, Centro Ricerca e Innovazione (CRI) in Italy, and the University of Zaragoza in Spain will contribute to the database that Nomacorc has built to evaluate oxygen's role in wine development and winemaking processes.

The program at DLR Rheinpfalz, will focus on the influence of winemaking technology and oxygen exposure on the sensory and chemical composition of the Pinot Noir wine variety, before and after bottling.

CRI will focus on the key factors influencing the responsiveness of different wine varieties to oxygen and the University of Zaragoza will focus on the factors responsible for wine aroma associated with oxidation.

Dr. Maurizio Ugliano, enological research manager for Nomacorc, said: "With the addition of these institutions to our extraordinary research network, we will continue to build upon our understanding of the relationship between oxygen, wine chemistry and wine sensory characteristics. The knowledge we obtain gets channeled into product development, our partnerships with winemakers, and ultimately, help improve the winemaker's control of wine development and quality after bottling."

The work will be in conjunction with ongoing programs at the Geisenheim Institute in Germany and Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile.