Joshua and Simon Schmidt with their invention

A revolutionary flavour-dispensing screw cap is just one of five finalist ideas competing in an innovation challenge called Winexplorer, a collaboration between Australian venture capitalist company BlueChilli and Marlborough wine company Brancott Estate.

Selected amongst a pool of more than a hundred NZ and Australian innovators, the top five ideas range from personalised wine tours to a hi-tech bottle stopper that monitors wine age and levels. As for the new generation screw cap, invented by brothers Joshua and Simon Schmidt, it allows consumers to ‘change’ the flavour of a wine with the push of a button, to better match their personal tastes or specific dishes.

Final judging will take place in Sydney on April 15.