Argon gas capsule -Wine preservation
Enological Argon gas capsule
Introduction to wine preservation with gas cartridges
Since 2010, Wikeeps has become the French specialist in wine preservation systems, developing its first patent for the service and preservation of still wines in 2012. To protect wine from oxidative damage, the use of a preservation Argon gas is essential. Among the different types of gas, such as nitrogen, carbon dioxide and argon gas, the latter plays a particularly important role.
The role of Argon gas in wine conservation
Argon gas is an inert gas used to replace oxygen in wine bottles, thus preventing oxidation and deterioration of the wine’s aromas and quality. It is commonly used during wine bottling and when a bottle is opened but not fully consumed. By acting similarly to nitrogen, argon protects wine from oxidative damage.
Wine inerting with inert gases
Wine inerting consists in replacing the oxygen in the cork and the wine bottle with an inert gas, such as nitrogen, argon or carbon dioxide. This technique is widely used to preserve the gustative and aromatic qualities of wine, avoiding oxidative alterations.
The inerting of wine is essential during bottling, partial opening of a bottle and when the wine is transported and stored. However, it is important to emphasize that inerting cannot restore the lost aromas and taste qualities in a wine already altered by oxygen. Its main objective is to protect the wine from future alterations and therefore from opening.
Wikeeps consumables and their use
The wine and champagne preservation systems proposed by Wikeeps work with a special gas capsule. The Capsules contain 100% natural, neutral and inert gases, such as argon (Ar), CO2 and nitrogen (N2), which have been developed and manufactured in collaboration with Linde, a German specialist and world leader in oenological gases.
For still wines, Wikeeps gas capsule contains a mixture of argon gas and CO2, offering an ideal solution for the preservation of all great wines. The presence of CO2 is becoming essential, as many newer wines naturally have higher dissolved CO2 content. The addition of CO2 during storage prevents the wine from drying out.
For sparkling wines, Wikeeps consumables contain a mixture of CO2 and nitrogen, offering an ideal solution to preserve effervescence and block the oxidation that naturally occurs when re-corking with a “normal” cork.