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Australian winemakers’ views towards oak barrel alternatives matures

Australian winemakers’ views towards oak barrel alternatives matures

It is probably fair to suggest that for most of us in the world of winemaking, the use of oak barrel alternatives is not one of the more energising or romantic aspects of our days’ work. Nor are they what seduced us all away from more lucrative careers elsewhere. Also, one suspects that a beautifully lit barrel hall is a better image for brand building than a store room with bags of chips and planks on the shelves.
By playing with the parameters of how wine is fermented and aged – oxygen exposure, temperature, darkness, pressure and agitation – winemakers are now using the deep blue sea to rethink how the industry makes a top quality drop.

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