Thirdly we use the finest French oak barrels for the maturation of our noble blends.
In the ancient oak forests of France, growth is slow allowing the wood to develop the tight grain that our winemaker prefers – both for the optimum transfer rate of oxygen and the exchange of flavour nuances.
Skilled French coopers hand-craft the centuries-old wood – shaping, seasoning, sorting and assembling the staves to produce the barrels.
The tannins and bouquets derived from these amazingly well crafted barrels add to the complexity of our wines and transition smoothly onto the palate; chocolate, mocha and cigar box notes are all derived from the French oak.
The influence the wood imparts to the maturing wine is subtle and spicy. This, and the skills of our winemaker, account for our wines’ signature complexity and elegance.