"SWEET SPICE, SUBTLE OAK AND FINE TANNIN"
Oak is selected from the elevated ridges of the Minnesota Lakes District.
Average Rainfall – 990 mm pa.
Elevation average – 450 metres
Oak Seasoned at mill for 36 months receiving an annual precipitation of 1000 mm pa including 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.
Our Minnesota oak displays very consistent growth ring spacing typically between 18 – 23/inch. We toast this barrel type to a medium toast to enhance the regional organoleptic properties of this barrel.
The customised toasting provides a barrel that enhances the primary fruit characters and contributes sweet spice and underlying subtle seasoned oak. With time the fine oak tannins work with the fruit to promote a silky mouth feel and seamless structure. This tight grained oak assists line and length and is a great match for full bodied wines requiring extended maturation.