Receiving barrels

September 6, 2012

Today we received twenty-five brand new oak barrels from the cooperage Seguin Moreau!

Seguin Moreau barrels are very well suited to powerful reds like Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel, they impart a wealth of oak related characters, such as coffee and spice, without ever tasting directly of wood (a character that is sometimes known as ‘planky’).

Richard has worked with barrels from Seguin Moreau for many years, they are consistently well-made and deliver the characters that suit our wines, and so we rely almost entirely on them for ageing both our Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Twenty of the new barrels are made of French oak, and five are made of American oak. French oak generally delivers a more subtle flavor profile and tannin structure than American oak, and so it makes up the bulk of our barrel selection. The American oak is used as an accent, providing an intense note of toastiness and vanilla.

Walking through the estate vineyards and tasting the grapes in the last few days is revealing an excellent potential for the 2012 vintage, the flavors are extremely concentrated and the color is intense, even several weeks before they are ready to harvest. Be sure to check back with us here on the blog to see how it’s going!

Amapola Creek is Richard Arrowoods’ latest winemaking project, to visit the Amapola Creek Winery main site, please click here.

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