Hand-making oak wine barrels is somewhat of a forgotten art, although Yalumba Winery is one of the few places that remember.
Oak has an important role to play in wine production. Its flavour compounds include vanilla, clove, spice and char and add complexity to the aromas and notes to the wine stored in oaks barrels. Wood’s porous properties allows for the gradual introduction of oxygen to the wine and induces a smoother finish, as well as catalysing the metabolic changes required in the ageing process. It’s safe to say, good wine relies on the little things, and Yalumba is the only winery with an on-site cooperage in the Southern Hemisphere – and one of just five in the world – that has a cooperage onsite.