• American Oak Barrels

    Traditional American Oak

    Quality Oak. Classic Toast Options

    This classic barrel works well with medium to full bodied wines and provides a great tool to soften tannins.

Performance

Medium fine grain oak. Average growth spacing of 12–18 growth rings/inch. Toasted to our traditional (house) style or toasted to order.

Our house toast provides spice, toast, chocolate and mocha. It delivers a sweet and soft mid palate tannin. The oak fills out the wine with a rich and generous mouth feel. Oak integration occurs from nine months onward.

This classic barrel works very well with medium to full bodied wines and provides a great tool to soften pressing tannin or tannic wines in general.

Toasting

The classic toast options for this barrel include:

  • Medium
  • Medium plus (traditional toast)
  • Heavy
  • Aquaform (water bent)

Growing region

The oak used for our traditional barrels is sourced from the regional forest areas of central east and upper east coast of the U.S.

Seasoning

Oak Seasoned at the mills for 36 months, which receive an annual precipitation of between 1200mm and prior to shipment to our cooperage in the Barossa. After taking delivery, the oak spends another four-to-six months conditioning, to stabilise the moisture content in our cooperage facilities, which further enhances the unique properties.

Technical Specification

TypeCapacity (L)Weight (kg)Surface area (m2)Height (cm)Head diameter (cm)Bilge (cm)Stave thickness (mm)
Barrique225532.296.55667.525
Hogshead300652.91056176.525
Puncheon475843.6111.57591.525

* Dimensions & Weights are based on average barrel specification.

A maximum of 10.5% moisture content is maintained throughout manufacture. This is the natural moisture content experienced across South Eastern Australia which ensures minimal shrinkage and provides exceptional sealing properties resulting in negligible leakage. Our barrels are not water tested prior to shipping.

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