Ageing Guidelines

Ageing Guidelines
ai???Ai??Chardonnay – 3 months to 2 years
ai???Ai??Bordeaux Blends – 12 months
ai???Ai??Cabernet – 1 to 2 years
ai???Ai??Merlot – 1 to 2 years
ai???Ai??Pinot Noir – 18 months

A Barrel’s Lifespan
Year 1 – 70% oak flavours leached out
Year 2 – 20% oak flavours leached out
Year 3 – 10% oak flavours leached out

Pinot Noir
The choice of oak for Pinot Noir is very important in the winemaking process.Ai?? Normally this wine will require ‘new’ oak.Ai?? It is very easy to spoil Pinot Noir by leaving it in the oak for too long.

Ageing of Wine
It is important to remember that there are no rules for the length of time required for ageing the barrel.Ai?? This depends on the cellar conditions:-
ai???Ai??Humidity, daily temperature and seasonal temperature variations
ai???Ai??Air movement
ai???Ai??Wine characteristics
ai???Ai??Wine variety
ai???Ai??Characteristics of the particular vintage (maturity, grape quality, sugar-acid balance etc)
ai???Ai??Chemical and biological make-up and wood characteristics, it’s treatment, porosity and other general traits


Please contact Stephen Forrest for further informationAi??on +64 9 2924 960