Combines French And American Oak In A Single Application
To combine the distinct aroma, flavor and structural characteristics of new French and American oak in the same wine, winemakers typically age wine in a hybrid barrel comprised of a body made with staves of one oak origin and heads of the other. For winemakers who prefer the cost, convenience and time benefits of oak alternatives over new barrels, combining French and American oak means performing separate treatments of each oak origin in the same barrel or treating separate barrels with different oaks and then blending the wines.
Hybrid Infusion Spiral packs simplify the process into one, single-barrel treatment. HYBRID OAK INFUSION SPIRALS by The Barrel Mill give winemakers premium French oak and premium American oak together in one barrel set, or pack, calibrated to treat 59 to 70-gallons. For wine aging in neutral barrels the Hybrid Spiral releases fresh, new-barrel, toasted oak aroma and flavor through its patented, spiral-cut design. Virtually all aromas and flavors of the Hybrid Oak Spiral are fully extracted in six weeks rather than eight to 12 months typically to extract from a new hybrid oak barrel -- but at a small fraction of the price. With continued contact in wine beyond six weeks, the Hybrid Infusion Spiral flavors will further integrate into the wine and more rounded tannins will form.
As with standard Infusion Spirals, the Hybrid Oak Spiral barrel set consists of six individual spirals carved out of 9-inch long cylindrical segments of premium grade barrel stave wood, contained and linked together by a food-grade nylon mesh that permits wine to freely contact all surfaces of each spiral. The innovative spiral design creates an optimal ratio of side grain and cross grain exposure of the oak, giving the wine extracted complexity in less time than any other thru-bung premium oak alternative.
Each Hybrid Oak Spiral barrel pack consists of three Spirals made from tight-grained Vosges forest oak from France and three Spirals made from slow-growing, American white oak selected from forests in Minnesota, Iowa and Northern Illinois. Hybrid Oak Infusion Spirals are convection-oven toasted to insure uniform depth of toasting from edge to core and are available in Medium or Medium Plus toast levels. Suggested soak time: 8 to 14 weeks Note: Hybrid packs are packaged as three consecutive French oak spirals and three consecutive American oak spirals. Cutting mesh for a lower overall oak dosage will create an unbalanced mix of oak.