***New Barriques available - staves sorted and selected by NIR profiling
***New Puncheons (500 L) available
From the premier large format cooperage in the world – Garbellotto - who supply most of the top European wineries and specialize in large format cooperage. They’ve been at it for almost 300 years, and no-one makes better, or stronger tonneaux than they do, from 225 barriques through to 25,000 litre vats.
Garbellotto have developed and patented an NIR (Near Infra-Red) technology (backed by decades of wet chemistry cross-referencing) to sort staves based on aromatic precursors. No other cooperage is currently capable of selecting staves for barrels this way. The cooperage seasons the oak for 3 years, then in the production phase for making a barrel they NIR scan each stave to determine what the aromatic pre-cursors of the stave wood are, and they sort the staves into one of 5 categories…
All staves have been sorted into flavour and texture profiles:
• Sweet – a predominance of vanillin and furfural
• Spicy – a predominance of lactones and eugenol
• Structure – a balance of polyphenols and tannins
• Equilibrium – a balance of these precursors
and 1 of 5 staves are rejected from the barrel program after sorting in this way as containing hi levels of bitter and herbaceous aromatic precursors...