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It has Oaked Enough!

Oak out of barrel


Has it oaken enough?  Always a difficult question but much more controllable since we use Flextanks and Oak Balls.  If you were reading any of the September posts, we pressed on 9/23/13 and racked and oaked on 9/24/13.  The vendor recommended that the oak go in during malolactic fermentation to smooth integration of oak to the wine.  They said it should remain for approximately 8 weeks for maximum extraction.  We took them out 12/3/13 so it was 10 weeks…I tasted the wine and it was very nice.  It has not fully finished malolactic fermentation, but I think it will be a great vintage!

Medium Plus Xoakers

P1010793We made our selection of Xoakers for our Oak Adjunct (oak flavoring for our Flextank) last week.  We visited their location in Windsor and purchased 2 pounds of the little oaks balls.  They recommend 1-2 balls per gallon of wine for 4-9 months…so since we don’t want a lot of oak flavor, we are adding 1 per gallon.  The tricky part…how to get them out when we have the correct flavor.  Joanne is a wonderful seamstress so she sewed small bags in food grade cloth provided by the vendor.  When we have the flavor we are looking for we can fish them out and let it flavors continue to age until we are ready to bottle late this year or early next year.

Next year, these little balls will be put in the wine right after primary fermentation as this should enhance the flavor even more.