The Oak Barrel

+61 (0)2 9264 3022 152 Elizabeth St
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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


  • As wine lovers who among us doesn't enjoy doing horizontal tastings of wines from a single vineyard? That would probably be none of us yet the opportunity to do this doesn't surface very often. I remember doing a Limerick Lane Zinfandel horizontal last year with 6 takes on the same fruit. Other than that I'm at a loss. It's a great opportunity t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Las Madres 20 Ways


  • High fermentation temps will extract stuff. Early on color, later on tannins. Bad funk comes mostly from poor sanitation but I have heard of brand new barrels being infected.Recently I was in a conversation with a winemaker and a cooper where the talk centered around new barrels and whether to clean them before use. Hot water cleaning masks the ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Funk


  • Apart from lack of hygiene in the winery, what part of the winemaking process allows for a funky nose?  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Funk


  • Sometimes one just doesn't like the style of the reserve, or the way it has been dolled up--more new wood, longer barrel aging that could dry out the flavors, etc.  There are a few makers in Montalcino, for example, who want to lower the barrel aging requirement so that vintages that aren't built for wood aging can be better wines.  I don't thin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bitter finish


  • I am drinking a 2013 Porca de Murca, Douro Reserva from Portugal. The wine seems to be fine, clear sight, clean fruity nose, in the beginning its fine on the palate (maybe a lack of fruit compared to the nose)... everything but the finish. It has a weird bitter finish, very unpleasant. Its not the tart taste of tannins (even so it is pretty high... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bitter finish


  • Chateau de Lavernette Beaujolais Blanc les Vignes de la Roche 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a wine shop in London's Kensal Rise [www.boroughwines.co.uk ] for £14.50 .Beaujolais Blanc is an AOC created in 1937 for white wines made of the chardonnay grape from the Beaujolais region. It is a rare appellation partly because some communes in Beaujolais have regulations resticting the proportion of white... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • You'll notice, Mark, the term is in English, so this is aimed at the export market, particularly North America.Not sure if you're up on the difference between filtered or fined wine, and that which hasn't been, but this is a basic question for any winemaker. Fining and more recently filtering aim at removing particulate matter that may cause clo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • One of our charming new posters, cysurvivor, was fishing for recommendations here for a visit over MLK weekend.  Since we're all pretty free with our half-baked ideas and opinions, we had plenty of ideas for him, didn't we?  Since Mauritson kept showing up on the list, it looked like it would make the final cut, so I went on private messaging an... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Good deeds, good wine, good...


  • Molly Dooker Shiraz Velvet Glove 2012

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    Must-taste-wine! 1st expresstion is "wow". However, one thing that comes to mind is "this is not natual!"When making oak barrel, direct file gets spread on inner surface. The taste and scent from velvet glove give the image of 'pretty much darken oak barrel by fire'. To increase tanin taste, grape lieves & small branches can be put before fermen... Read More

    Wine review by Austin Sung


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