Blocks & Sticks

Nektar Sticks

To refresh the oak profile
of your old barrels

  • Properties
    • A tool to place in your barrels to extend the time of their use.
    • A more intense and pleasing aromatic oak profile, masking the « old wood » notes.
    • Contribution of sweetness and volume on the palate, covering the dry tannins generated by the old barrels.

    OBJECTIVE: Refresh the aromas and taste of wines aged in old barrels.

  • Technical characteristics
    French oak or American oak
    +/- 350 g (0.77 lbs)
    0.1 m2 (1.08 sq ft)
    Extended Light, Medium, Medium Plus (French oak), Specific (American oak)
    Sets of sticks individually packaged, carton box of 24 sets
  • Guidelines for use

    OPTIMAL PERIOD FOR STARTING CONTACT

    – White wines:

    As soon as the must is put in barrel for primary fermentation to obtain a well-integrated oak profile and to respect the fruit profile.

    – Red wines:

    As soon as the wine is put in barrel for better integration of the aromatic oak profile and of the tannic structure.

    RECOMMENDED AGING TEMPERATURE

    15°C (60°F) minimum with strict monitoring of microbiological conditions.

    SET UP

    Insert into the barrel through the bung hole after making space: 1 set of sticks represents approx. 0.6 liters (0.16 gallons).

    RECOMMENDED TIME OF CONTACT

    Minimum 8 months, to be monitored by tasting.

  • Recommended dose rates
    1 to 2 g/l
    2 to 3 g/l
    2 to 3 g/l
    3 to 5 g/l
    3 to 5 g/l
    3 to 5 g/l
  • Practical examples of use

    On a ripe and full-bodied Chardonnay fermented in 3 year-old barrels: 3 sets of Nektar Sticks French oak (1 set extended light, 1 set medium, 1 set medium plus) at the beginning of primary fermentation.

    On a ripe and powerful Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in 3 year-old barrels: 3 sets of Nektar Sticks French oak (1 set medium, 2 sets medium plus) and 1 set of Nektar Sticks American oak at the beginning of aging.

  • Test results
    0 0.5 1 1.5 2 2.5 3 3.5 Fruit on the nose Vanilla Coconut Spicy Toasted Fruit on the palate Sweetness Structure Persistency 2 Nektar Sticks French Oak Medium toast and 1 Nektar SticksFrench Oak Medium plus toast, dose of 4,8 g/L 3 Nektar Sticks French Oak Medium toast and 2 Nektar SticksFrench Oak Medium plus toast, dose of 8,0 g/L ;
    Product
    Nektar Sticks
    Oak contact
    Aging
    Time of contact
    11 months
    Varietal
    50% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Franc
    Vintage
    2015
    Geographic area
    Bordeaux Médoc
    Barrel volume
    225 liters
    Barrel age
    4 years old
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