I have a couple of old bottles of port, that I’d do a bit of DIY maintenance to. Some pictures here of cleaning and covering the top with a wax seal, to (hopefully) allow them to last longer.
The one on the left with its original wax seal, but you can see how the paper selo has acted as a wick to a slightly leaky cork. No problems on the right … so far … but it is a lead capsule which I’m not so keen on.
The wax bottle, I chipped away the old wax to near the top, and cleaned away the residue from the leak with nail varnish remover, but also remnants of the selo, and what turned out to be a thin layer of foil as well.
So, whilst not authentic or very neat, will hopefully do no harm in allowing these bottles to be kept a while longer. I bought cheese wax because of its slight softness; sealing wax would be too brittle for my liking. I made a slight mistake of not keeping the water hot enough, and it layered thickly quite fast, but overall it seems to have worked well … so far!
Might have been better off using isopropyl alcohol or methalated spirits as a cleaning agent. But I dont think the nail varnish remover would reach the wine, the cork looks pretty solid and I guess you wiped it all down with water after using the nvr.
Very well planned and executed process.
Out of interest, how old were the bottles.
As @Alabaster_cheeks says: Whisky geeks do something similar with their bottles, to reduce evaporation/ leakage & reduced resale auction value. Its a common problem with old whisky where levels can easily drop below the bottle neck.
An important difference: whisky corks are rather short and not a great seal, metal screw caps are even worse. So the new plastic capsule goes OVER the old enclosure. A belt & braces solution.
Shrink wrapped capsules apparently. Use a heat gun to shrink them, not boiling water.
Longrow, a shame but I’ve never really got on with. The ‘CV’ or whatever it’s called seems a tad harsh, the red wine versions definitely not keen on, 18y/o I DO like… but can no longer remotely afford !
Campbeltown Loch 21 is fantastic, but not seen it around for some time. Turns up at auction now and then, but too pricy for me.