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Oak Barrel Aging

Introducing a new service at Wine Kitz Admirals Walk – OAK BARREL AGING

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Wine Kitz Admirals Walk now offers individual oak barrel aging, to further enhance your wines. Our individual medium toasted oak barrels hold up to 24 litres (a standard wine kit will fit), and will give your wine an unparallelled oak character. This service is suited to deep, age-able wines which are complemented by the flavour and character of oak.*

The benefit of having your wine aged in a small barrel is that you don’t have to share the barrel with anybody else or have to wait a long period of time for other people to sign up for it.

Call us or send us an email and book your barrel today!!!

Aging Wine Before it is Bottled

After fermentation is completed and wine is racked to remove the largest sediments, and then filtered, the young wine is usually rough, raw and “green” and needs to settle for a period of time. This aging can be done in neutral containers such as stainless steel, glass carboys, cement lined vats, old large casks, etc. or it can be done in small relatively new wood barrels which are not neutral, but which will influence the developing wine.

*As it rests in the barrel, wine goes through subtle chemical changes, resulting in greater complexity and a softening of the harsh tannins and flavors present at the end of fermentation. An oak barrel essentially does two things: it allows a very slow introduction of oxygen into the wine; and it imparts the character of the wood into the wine. For red wines, controlled oxidation takes place during barrel aging. This very gradual oxidation results in decreased astringency and increased colour and stability. It also evolves the fruit aromas to more complex ones.

Ask us about your wines and how they can be improved with oak barrel aging…and book yours today!