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Are oak chips and planks in tanks really so new to the French?
JT, a boutique winery in South Australia: I read your article on oak chips being approved for use in the EU. For your information I would like to make a few comments. We are a boutique wine producer in the Adelaide Hills, Australia (I’d rather you didn’t publish our name as I have to continue to deal with the coopers). A couple of years ago we did a winemaking trial with two Hills wines: a Cab Sauv and a Shiraz. Each wine was divided into two, one lot was put into one third new French oak barrels, the other lot was put into stainless steel tank with "tank planks". Both the new barrels and...
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