Oak chips finally accepted throughout Europe...
Just before Christmas, on 21 dec, the EU voted through a total of six winemaking practices until now associated much more readily with the New than the Old World. - the use of oak alternatives such as oak chips and inner staves to smooth texture and deepen flavour in wines without the costs involved in buying casks and barrel maintenance. - the anti-oxidant ascorbic acid may now be added to musts as well as wines, as is so commonly done in Australia for example. - mannoproteins (a new entry in OCW3 !) may be added to stabilise wine. - charcoal may now be used to remove off-flavours and colour...
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