- Boisé Inspiration Staves FAQ
Boisé Inspiration Staves FAQ
What are Boisé Inspiration staves and where are the products sourced from?
Currently in the market, the Boisé range consists of 2 types of staves, the 07.1 and 07.5, which were released in January 2018. The 07.1 represents a vanilla profile, while the 07.5 is the reference for a smoky/toasted profile in the range. The “07” represents the thickness of the stave (7 mm). This thickness helps increase the roundness and sweet perception in the palate, but without increasing the dryness. The raw material is sourced from French oak trees, which then undergoes specific analytical sorting and heat treatment to create a very precise and consistent product.
What are its specifications?
Each stave is 7 mm thick, with an average weight of 200 grams.
How are the staves packaged?
Each bundle consists of 21 staves. Each box consists of 3 bundles (63 staves total per box).
How many staves do I need to use on my wine?
We recommend a concentration of 4 g/L, which means 2 staves/100L. However, the quantity of staves used depends on the style of wine, winemaker’s preferences, end goals, etc. Please contact us if you would like technical consultation.
What does it mean in terms of New Barrel Equivalent (NBE)?
Several studies have demonstrated that the average release of oak component from a new barrel is around 12 to 14 g/L. Therefore, 4g/L is around 33.3% of new barrel release.
What is the time of contact to ensure a full extraction and integration of oak components?
We recommend holding the wine on the staves for at least 4 months to ensure proper extraction and integration. Less than 4 months may contribute to plank-like flavors. If 4 months is too long for certain winemakers, we recommend using chips for quicker extraction and integration. Timing is very important when using barrel alternatives.
When should I use the staves?
Similar to our chips, staves can be used during alcoholic fermentation (AF) or aging. But considering that the oak compounds will interact with micro-organisms during AF or malolactic fermentation (MLF), the use of staves during aging is recommended in order to get the full impact of our staves.
Can I reuse the staves?
No, after 4 months of soaking the staves have released most of the soluble compounds and further use won’t make an impact on the wine.
Are the staves tested for TCA?
Yes. Like all Boisé products, the staves are certified by an external lab analysis to ensure that the product is TCA-free. We can’t extend this certificate when they arrive to the customer because if the staves are not well handled or if the storage conditions are not good, they can get contaminated.
I produce organic wines, can I use Boisé Inspiration staves?
Yes, we have an organic certification.
I produce Kosher wines, can I use Boisé Inspiration staves?
Yes, we have a kosher certificate.
If I don’t use the whole box of staves, can I store the rest for future use?
Yes, but we recommend that the staves be used within 3 years after production, respecting the appropriate storage conditions.
Do you offer test kits?
Yes, we offer sample kits for the staves which can be used for bench-top trials.