Oak Barrel Aging
Why Barrel Age?
At Peninsula U-Brew Winery we are firm believers in the benefits of using oak barrel aging to improve your wine. These barrels will add a moderate oak flavour to your wine as well as a very mild, very fine tannin. Also, the barrel aging will smooth out the rougher tannins associated with wine when it is new. Your wine will be slightly concentrated, due to a small amount of evaporation, resulting in a more complex aroma and bouquet.
The process is simple and, for our customers, requires no added effort except for a little extra patience. Each batch is started by the customer and made as per usual except that instead of being ready to bottle once it is filtered, the wine is transferred to the barrel to mature for 3 months. During this time your wine is monitored carefully until it is deemed ready to come out. When the wine is removed from the barrel it is then ready to bottle right away. The barrels aren’t only for red wines either! We also do barrel fermented whites! The whites are ready in 6-8 weeks from start to finish, and benefit from the infusion of oak during the fermentation process.
The list below shows what wines we currently have available for barrel aging. Since there are limited spaces available (now only 5 batches per barrel) we suggest reserving a space for yourself well in advance.
Current Barrel Aging Program
Barrel Aged Petit Verdot-Merlot – SOLD OUT
Barrel Aged Italian Montepulciano – 2 SPOTS LEFT
Barrel Aged Australian Cabernet Shiraz – SOLD OUT
Barrel Aged Argentine Malbec – 1 SPOT LEFT
Barrel Aged Nocturnal – 2 SPOTS LEFT
Barrel Aged Australian Chardonnay
Barrel Aged Fume Blanc – SOLD OUT