The Oak Barrel

+61 (0)2 9264 3022 152 Elizabeth St
Sydney, 2000
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  • The majority of wines on the market these days are meant to be consumed within one to five years. This is a natural law. Producing wines that can sit in the cellar for decades is time-consuming and expensive. There is a time and place for wines that age and adventurous palates are required. Most all age-worthy wines will have high acid, tannin, ... Read More

    From the article Your Guide to Aged Wines


  • Every wine producing country has strengths and weaknesses, some more than others. Chile has many high points that make it a go-to country when looking for outstanding wine. The number of unique regions that feature diverse soil types and microclimates is simply astounding. Chile has three thousand miles of coastline north to south as well as mou... Read More

    From the article Think Beyond Chilean Cabernet


  • '13 was a great year for Las Madres and Robin nailed it. Different than the Myriad as it is single clone 174 and Apsara is a blend of both vineyard blocks and two clones 174 and 300. The Apsara saw 15% whole cluster and 30% new oak.My notes from a barrel sample: The nose gave off some breakfast meat aromas along with black pepper and a hint of o... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • White wines are a summer classic, but it has been a long summer. There is a good chance that you are surfeit with white wine by now. Ultra-hip rosé and orange wines aren’t your only options. Be a true trendsetter and cozy up with a late summer red. Summer calls for diaphanous red wine grapes that allow fresh fruits to shine without the deep, dar... Read More

    From the article Superior Red Wines for Summertime


  • The past couple nights I have followed this Agharta Exhibit C. Seeing I went in on a library offer of this from Garagiste last month I figured no time like the present to take a look before it arrives. Whenever that will be.Based on this bottle they can take their time because it is still stuffed in all directions. I wouldn't open this unless yo... Read More

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  • Interestingly enough, was an offer from our friend Ian Cauble that falls right within this thread's discussion:  Massimo Clerico, Nebbiolo, Lessona DOC Piedmont, Italy 2008 If there is one lesson that is common amongst all the great red wines of the world, it is that nothing can substitute for optimal bottle age. You can decant a young wine t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Italy's other Grapes


  • One of the first things that comes to mind when a consumer envisions a winery is a huge stack of barrels. The amazing smell of wine soaked oak with its toasty, warm wood scent is intoxicating. As a winemaker, I never get tired of it. It always smells good assuming that the winery is taking proper care of their investment with cleanliness and san... Read More

    From the article Your Wine: It's All About the Oak!


  • Planning to do some exploring into Italy's other wine varietals, those without the fanfare or popularity of Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Dolcetto, etc.First up is a Ruche with a few years bottle age by Montalbera, apparently a lighter wine that was traditionally brought out for special occassions...figure this should make for a nice aperti... Read More

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  • The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is composed primarily of grapes grown on Keenan’s Spring Mountain District Estate; the remainder of the fruit was harvested from Pope Valley, a grape growing region located in the eastern portion of Napa.Keenan’s Estate Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were harvested beginning on October 1st, with the final lot being picked ... Read More

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  • A few days ago I participated in a tasting/pairing event that featured white wines. One of the wines was Chablis, and, while discussing this one, the facilitator stated that it was fermented in steel and had never seen oak.  I asked if that was common for the region and he responded that it was absolutely the case, and was so for all white wines... Read More

    Forum post in the topic White Burgundy Question


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