What is benefit of aging my wine in a Barrel

Now, what does an oak barrel impart to wine that improves and enhances it? We’ll look at two ways that wine benefits from its contact with oak.

First, for red wines, controlled oxidation takes place during barrel aging. This very gradual oxidation results in decreased astringency and increased color and stability. It also evolves the fruit aromas to more complex ones.

Through a program of topping the wine (filling up the barrel) while it is in the barrel and racking the wine from barrel to barrel to clarify it, just enough oxygen is introduced to the wine to have these beneficial effects over a period of many months.

Second, oak wood is composed of several classes of complex chemical compounds, each of which contributes its own flavor or textural note to both red and white wines. The most familiar of these are vanilla flavors, sweet and toasty aromas, notes of tea and tobacco and an overall structural complexity of tannin that mingles with the tannin from the fruit itself (in the case of red wines).

The specific compounds creating these delightful nuances in the finished wine are: volatile phenols containing vanillin; carbohydrate degradation products containing furfural, a component yielding a sweet and toasty aroma; “oak” lactones imparting a woody aroma; terpenes to provide “tea” and “tobacco” notes, and hydrolysable tannins which are important to the relative astringency or “mouth feel” of the wine.

 
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What's the barrel club

This is a group of people that we pool together to have a pre-selected wine aged in a barrel. The wine is aged in a larger oak barrel of 110 litres with a medium toasting. The aging of wine in the barrel is determined by the age of the barrel, but generally speaking it’s between 6 weeks to 4 months. We offer some finger foods at bottling with fellow barrel customers to mingle during bottling for a fun afternoon or evening. We include custom wine labels, capsules and higher end corks for further aging.

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We also have single batch barrels (23 litres) that hold one hand crafted wine of your choice that are available for aging your wine. Due to the smaller size of the barrel the aging time frame is reduced because of the higher wood ratio to wine. As this is an advantage for getting your wine sooner the trade off is the reduced micro oxidation that occurs over longer periods in the barrel.

 

 

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 Bravado - Super Tuscan style

 

On the heels of the phenomenally popular Eclipse Forza, WinexpertTM is pleased to announce BRAVADO,  the newest Eclipse limited release.  Hailing from Tuscany, Bravado is a tribute to the Italian winemakers of the seventies who had the confidence (and bravado) to challenge the rules regarding which varietals were allowed to be blended into Italian wines.  The result of these rogue winemakers was the "super tuscan" and Eclipse Bravado is a beautiful example of this style of wine.  Now available in the barrel club.  This wine will age gracefully for the next few years but will still be approachable after bottling.

Limited availability

$237 tax in, producing 30 of 750ml bottles.

 

 

 

     OWe have  created a Cabernet Blend of 2/3 Washington Cabernet franc offering solid fresh fruit flavours of raspberry and red currant.  Blended with California Lodi Ranch 11showcasing oak and tannins, pepper and spice combine to enhance trademark blackcurrant and cherry flavours. Rich fruit and complex structure dazzle from first aroma to long, refined finish.This wine will finish dry with medium to full body with an alcohol content of 13%..This wine can be consumed at bottling but will age gracesfully for the next 2-3 years.