Oak Infusion Spiral® Varieties
French Oak - (Quercus Sessilis)
An ultra premium, fine grain oak void of sapwood, bark and knots and air dried for 24 months. Available in light, medium, medium plus, and heavy toast levels, and Bordeaux Blend multi-toast barrel pack. Convection toasted for thorough and uniform results.
American Northern White Oak - (Quercus Alba)
Featuring tight grain sourced from slow growing Minnesota forests. This wood is void of sapwood, bark and knots and air dried for 24 months. This oak is available in light, medium, medium plus, and heavy toast levels with convection toasting used for thorough and uniform results.
The Oak Infusion Spiral HYBRID Barrel Pack combines French and American oak in a single Barrel Pack.
Eastern European Oak - (Quercus Sessilis)
Eastern European oak, specifically Slovakian oak, has been popular with winemakers because it is derived from the same species as French oak, Quercus robur and Quercus petraea, but is priced more competitively. On the palate, its tight grain tends to impart a delicate spice character and softness to wine.
The Oak Infusion Spiral releases fresh, toasted oak compounds through its patented, spiral-cut, space-saving design. Flavors and aromas are extracted in an extremely short time frame, like with oak chips, but with results as refined and intergrated as much longer aged tank staves. The abundance of cross-grain and parallel-grain exposure in the spiral design speeds extraction eight times faster than parallel-grain exposure associated with barrels and significantly faster than barrel staves, inserts, sticks, cubes, segments, blocks, beans, balls, dominoes and chains of oak. The spiral-cut design also enables oak to submerge quickly into wine, minimizing exposure to air and eliminating the need to use a supplementary weight. Tank-size packs of Oak Spirals are also available for use in large wine volume applications.
TFor more information on the new Eastern European Oak Spirals, contact Len Napolitano: Len@thebarrelmill.com