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Windy Ridge winery "sOAKin" innovation

Windy Ridge Winery release new "sOAKin innovation" wines (1998 red wines).

By Graeme Wilsom - 19th October 2001 - Back to News

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Announcing the release of the
patented innovation ....
Windy Ridge red wines with French Oak

To each sOAKin bottle, we added a stick of specially prepared new French oak, before filling with wine. (Bottled August, 2001)

The 1998 Windy Ridge sOAKin Pinot Noir contains a piece of oak 5cm x 1cm x 1cm.

The 1998 Windy Ridge sOAKin Cabernet Sauvignon & Malbec contains a piece of oak 6cm x 1cm x 1cm.

Our trials suggest that these quantities of French oak will progressively render the wines 'very oaky' through 2002. Thereafter, we expect the oak flavours and tannic grip to slowly soften and integrate, producing wines of greater complexity than our regular 1998 red wines.


1. For those who prefer stronger oak flavours and grippy tannin, drink our sOAKin wines in 2002 or 2003.
2. For those who wish to further understand the effects of oak in wines, compare our sOAKin wine with our regular wine any time in the next five to ten years.
3. For those with patience, we expect the sOAKin wines to show greater fullness and complexity between 2005 and 2010.
4. Why not ???

We will maintain a sOAKin owners' email list.
We encourage sOAKin owners to email us tasting notes so we can maintain a progressive file on this page, and email notes as the wines develop to those on the email list.

The wines are available for ordering now ...
You can also see pictures of the bottle containing the oak:

Windy Ridge Winery OPEN DATES:

Melbourne Cup weekend:
November 3 to 6: 10am to 5pm.
New release wines & sOAKin wines available.

Graeme & Georgia Wilson.


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