As a newbie, we just had our first bottling weekend.
A chocolate Orange port, an Amarone, and a Chilean Malbec Shiraz.
They only got bulk aged just over a month more than the instructions state.
The good news, all three tasted very good, even at this early stage. The Malbec perhaps a little too strong on the oak, but I expect that will settle with time.
There was a half bottle of each left which I corked until the next day.
As the two big reds were intended for aging, at the recommendation of the wine store, I used synthetic corks.
Both corks I removed have a score line down one side of the cork, likely from the jaws in my new floor corker.
It looks just like you took your thumb nail and made a line down the length of the cork.
I am worried this could cause an air leak. The bottles are still vertical.
The standard cork in the port is fine.
Do I need to remove the seals and all the corks and replace them? 60 bottles.