"SPICE, STRUCTURE AND LENGTH"
Oak is selected from the Ozarks region of Missouri. Generally logs are sourced from high ridge topography with rocky limestone substrate.
Average Rainfall – 990mm pa.
Elevation average – 500m
Oak Seasoned at Missouri mill for 36 months receiving an annual precipitation slightly over 1000 mm pa 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.
Harsh, slow growing conditions and shallow soil depth results in tight grained oak with average growth ring spacing of 20-25 growth rings/ inch. To preserve the geographical identity and enhance the organoleptic properties of this barrel we toast medium light only.
The tightly formed grain spacing and customised toasting provide a highly aromatic barrel with lifted spice and savoury nuances. The palate is tightly structured with fine oak tannins contributing to very good length. This structural barrel is ideally suited to full bodied wines benefiting from long term maturation.