"COMPLEXITY, SPICE AND TEXTURAL TANNINS"
The oak is sourced from Central Missouri along the high ridge growth areas. Generally the soils have a thick layer of limestone substrate.
Average Rainfall – 990mm pa.
Elevation average – 400m
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 of 12-18/inch benefits from a medium toast.
This Missouri oak adds a complex array of understated American oak characters. Sweet spice aromatics and subtle mouth feel accompany textural tannins on the palate. This barrel is well suited to cooler climate fruit / medium bodied varietals requiring subtle American oak influence. Ideally wine in this barrel will benefit from 10 – 14 month maturation.