OakPLUS Chips and Fines can be used during every stage of winemaking. Multi-stage additions are encouraged because additions at each stage of the wine processing will create different premium oak flavor profiles. During fermentation, OakPLUS will minimize undesirable vegetal characters, provide co-pigmentation to bind color, and give body and mouthfeel. OakPLUS added during aging offers tannin, body and true premium barrel flavors. A small amount added just prior to bottling will lift the flavor to refresh the finished oak character.
The suggested addition rate is dependent on the wine at harvest, clarity or pre-bottling. The ratio of OakPLUS chips and fines to wine will range from 2 to 22 pounds per 1000 gallons.