Oenotan Sélection is the only water-soluble oak extract available for wine and spirits production. This 100 percent organic, preservative-free product enhances red, white and sweet wine, as well as port and dark spirits. It can be used to bind pyrazines (green flavors), mask drying tannins from older cooperage and bind post-fermentation earthy aromas.
Oenotan Sélection from French oak merrain that has been seasoned for at least 18 months. The wood is processed and an oak tea is created which is then freeze-dried. It is added to red and white wines during vinification, after pressing and/or at the beginning of aging prior to bottling. Oenotan works particularly well with big red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot, and is also added to white wines for structure. Oenotan has been used successfully for more than 50 years around the world and originates from Cognac, France, where it is made by the second largest distiller of cognac in the region, Boinaud.
"Wine and spirit-making is a craft as much as an art," said John Schilter, managing partner of Heritage Barrels. " Access to the best tools and methods can set a label apart. Heritage Barrels is the exclusive distributor of Oenotan Sélection in North America, bringing a French practice to New World wines. Heritage Barrels represents the rich tradition of Master Coopers and barrel tradesmen."