Rhone Blend Description
For Syrah, Zinfandel and Other Robust Reds, Rhône Blend Infusion Spiral barrel packs replicate a barrel toasting gradient using a mix of three different toasts. With a combination of medium, medium plus and heavy toasts, Rhône Blend Barrel Packs create a muscular oak alternative that complements hearty varietals and contributes a significant, yet balanced, component of premium French oak. Multi-toast packs eliminate the need to blend separate barrels aged with different single toasts. Complexity is aged in each barrel.
RHÔNE BLEND INFUSION SPIRAL Barrel Packs give winemakers new premium French oak in neutral barrels, calibrated to treat 59 to 70-gallons. When inserted through the barrel bung hole the pack releases fresh, new-barrel, toasted oak aroma and flavor through its patented and space-efficient spiral-cut design with virtually all aromas and flavors fully extracted in six to eight weeks rather than eight to 12 months typically needed to extract from a new oak barrel -- but at a small fraction of the price. With continued contact in wine, flavors will further integrate into the wine and more rounded tannins will form.
As with standard, single-toast Infusion Spiral Barrel Packs, Rhône Blend sets consist of six individual spirals precision-carved out of 9-inch long cylindrical segments of premium grade stave wood, contained and linked together by a food-grade nylon mesh that permits wine to freely contact all surfaces of each spiral. The mesh also enables easy insertion and removal through standard bung hole. The innovative spiral design creates an optimal ratio of side grain and cross grain exposure, giving the wine extracted complexity in less time than any other thru-bung premium oak alternative. Each Rhône Blend pack consists of two medium toast spirals, two medium plus toast and two heavy, all convection-oven toasted to insure consistency and uniformity.