Wine Casks, or boxed wine, or bag-in-a-box (BiB) is not new to the industry but until most recently these products were mired with reputation for low price, low quality plonk. These assertations unfortunately are not unfounded as decades ago the only wine you would find in Casks would be wine that was deemed not good enough for a bottled run – it was a way to recoup costs and reduce overall loss by the producer. But fast forward to 2020 and the rules have definitely changed.
We all know that consumers drive markets and the people have spoken… Casks are in! Here are three major reasons why wine Casks may be your new best friend.
Quality Has Improved
The quality of wine that producers are putting in Casks has moved from cheap plonk to high quality wine. Producers globally are adding Casks to their line-up and are including wonderful quality product which allows costs savings to be passed onto the consumer. We started with our most popular of white grapes and created the Riesling/Gewurztraminer 3L Cask.
Cost and Benefit
The Lang Vineyards 3L Cask is the equivalent of four 750ml of glass bottled wine in one convenient package. As a comparison we will look at our Bravo White versus our Riesling/Gewurztraminer Cask at regular price. Four bottles of Bravo White costs $84.00 ($21.00 per bottle) while one Cask of Riesling/Gewurztraminer costs $50.00 with an overall total savings of $34.00, that is a savings of $8.50 per bottle! But the benefits don’t stop there.
Wine casks provide a lower carbon footprint overall versus their bottled counterpart. Between the cardboard box, the polyethylene bag, and the plastic tap the package is 100% recyclable. And although glass bottles are also recyclable, Casks take less energy to recycle than bottles. Additionally, as a whole, Cask packaging accounts for only 4% of the total product meaning a typical Cask wine is 96% wine. Glass doesn’t come anywhere near those numbers.
Outside of cost savings one of the most important reasons Cask is king is the preservation of quality. Cask wines are “bottled” into an air-right bladder then are placed in a light-tight box, reducing light contact and degradation to and eliminating air contact bring oxidization to zero. This preserves the quality of wine and keeps it at the level desired by the winemaker. Additionally the wine is no longer subject to cork taint, a major consideration when using cork to close bottles. Cork, being a natural product, is not perfect and is prone to inconsistencies and imperfections.
A major preservation factor comes from the shelf life once the first glass is poured. Whereas conventional glass bottles will see a shelf life from hours to just a few days once opened, Casks will see a shelf life of up to six weeks depending on the wine. This all comes down to the lack of oxidization. From your first glass to the last, wines from Casks provide the epitome of quality.
The Downside to Casks
Casks may be great for a lot of wines but by no means will they replace all glass and cork options. As Casks are air and light-tight they will not allow wine to be aged. Casks are excellent for young, vibrant wines that are made to be consumed now rather than saved for years down the road. That is not to say that you will not find an aged wine in Casks, you just cannot further age wine in Casks.
We Love Casks and So Will You
Between the cost savings, preservation of quality, and environmental impact, we are Team Cask and we believe that you will be, too. If you have a favourite that you enjoy our Bravo White, are hosting people for special occasions, or like a glass or few when picnicking or camping, pick up a Cask of our Riesling/Gewurztraminer. For more information on wine Casks check out this article from our good friends at KIS Consulting.
Riesling Gewurztraminer 3L Cask
Quality in the Cask
- Off dry, medium bodied Riesling Gewurztraminer blend
- Each 3L cask is the equivalent of four bottles
- Will stay fresh up to six weeks after opening
- Made from some of the oldest vines on the Naramata Bench
This off dry medium bodied wine showcases aromas of citrus, apple and delicate tropical notes along with hints of spice and finishes crisp and clean.
Enjoy our Riesling Gewurztraminer blend with sunshine and great company or paired with your favourite spicy dish.