“RICH, GENEROUS, MID PALATE”
The oak is sourced from the South West Pennsylvania/West Virginia ‘pan handle’ foothills area of the Appalachian & Allegheny Mountain Ranges. Shallow soils over sandstone and schist make up the majority of the soil profile.
Average Rainfall – 1700 mm
Elevation average – 350 metres
Oak Seasoned at mill for 36 months receiving an annual precipitation of 1600 mm pa plus snow prior to shipment to our Cooperage – Barossa Valley, South Australia. The oak then spends another 4 – 6 months in our seasoning yard to acclimatise the oak prior to manufacturing.
The medium fine grain oak with average growth ring spacing’s of 12- 18/inch benefits from a medium toast.
The grain and toasting parameters build ‘up front’ flavours and sweeter mid palate tannins. The oak fills out the wine and provides a rich, generous mouth feel. This barrel is suited to medium and full bodied wines that require additional richness and palate depth. Oak integration occurs earlier in the maturation cycle from 10 months onward.