Microstaves of Oak for Vinification and Maturing


What are oak microstaves?

Microstaves are pieces of wood of intermediate size between chips and staves, having undergone a roasting process by heating at the heart. These pieces of natural wood are used in oenology to reproduce the effects of aging in wooden barrels. Efficient alternative for wine making and maturing, they ensure the same aromatic and gustatory quality of the wine.

What is the purpose of microstaves for winemaking and maturing?

More economical than staves wood, the microstaves refine the wine by a multitude of aromas just like the barrels. Because of their size, microstaves bring moreOxygen in wine making than wood chips. Also, microstaves are very easy to use and allow to correct the ripening defects of your grapes

How can the size and dosage of microstaves influence the tannin and woody aroma of wine?

With a larger contact area, the microstaves bring more complexity and finesse than oak chips. While the variation of sizes plays on thewine oxygenationthe variation of the dosage plays an important role in the woody aromatic role. They can be used during AF and in breeding.

Low 2 0.1
Good 6 0.3
Marked 10 0.5
New drum 100% 14 0.7

Discover the method to use to introduce the wine microstaves in the fermentation

The oak wood microstaves are delivered in 10 kg bags with 2 infusion nets (composition: food grade polyethylene) of 5 Kg. Our recommendations for use in the tanks are :

  • Disperse the bags of microstaves at different heights in the tank using synthetic rope for a very good diffusion and a perfect homogenization.

  • Precaution: at least one pumping over every 15 days to homogenize the tank.

  • Monitor and maintain free active SO2 ≥ 0.6 mg/L and SO and SO2 free > 30mg/L

  • Short contact time: 3 months free

Our microstaves are available in all FR and US wood heaters (except Delicacy, Complexity and Intensity).