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Balazs New Hungarian Oak Barrel - 20L (5.28 gal)

Balazs New Hungarian Oak Barrel - 20L (5.28 gal)

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Balazs New Hungarian Oak Barrel - 20L (5.28 gal)
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Description

Balazs barrels is a long-trusted brand of Hungarian oak barrels coopered by the famous Balazs Nagy.  These barrels are equal or better in quality to French Oak barrels but available at a fraction of the cost of their more famous counterparts. Renowned for respecting fruit, Hungarian barrels offer winemakers a great option to impact the mouthfeel, structure and flavor of wine without stepping on the terroir of your grapes. 
 
Due to the tight grain and slow release of phenolic compounds, you can feel secure storing your wine in Hungarian barrels longer than you can with other barrels. The slow process of micro oxygenation rounds the wine while various compounds in the wood such hemicellulose, lipids, and lignins are slowly integrated. 
 
As most barrel makers know, the best source of wood for wine barrels is the oak grown in the territory of old-time Hungary, known as Slavonian oak. This rare, high-quality oak can be found in the Zemplén Mountains and in the Tokaj oak woods. The specific type of oak in those territories, and what is used in Balazs barrels, is the Quercus Petrea. This oak is characterised by a dense, hard structure combined with extra flavor. Forestry workers look after these forests with considerable expertise, and the forest density ratio in Hungary is 20–24%, with selective logging taking place between November and April. Once the wood is sourced, it is air dried and aged for 24-28 months before cooperage.
 
Balázs Barrels is establishing a direct cooperation with the forestry workers, ensuring the continuous supply of the best quality oak, allowing them to source and work with the most excellent oak for wine barrel manufacturing from the foremost Hungarian forests.
 
  • 20 L (5.28 gal)
  • Height - 16.92"
  • Head Diameter - 10.23"
  • Abdomen Diameter - 12.79"
  • Stave Thickness - 0.66 - 0.86"
  • Bung Hole - 26 mm
  • Empty Weight - 17.6 lbs
  • Mild Toast
  • Barrel hoops made from zinc-plated steel for corrosion resistance

 

 

 
OriginHungary
FormBarrel
Size20L
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Rated 4 out of 5
Small bung hole
Barrel is nicely made and very tight. Agree with previous reviewers about the bung hole size being too small and difficult to find stoppers for. Also question how to sanitize the barrel given the bung hole is too small to suspend a sulfur burner?
December 26, 2020
Purchased
6 months ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Balazs Oak Barrel
I recieved a Balazs oak barrel a couple of weeks ago and I it is very nice. It is sound and has no leaks. There is one problem, though--the hole is small and a #5 stopper fits it but I don't have one on hand and I don't think your website sells one that size (but I might be wrong). I called your customer service and I was told the the small silicone breathable bung would fit but it came today and it is too big and won't work. I think that this is a new product for you and I wanted to let you know so you might address having the holes drilled larger or stocking a bung that is the right size. I took a round file to mine and have been able to get a #6 stopper in but the wood is very hard and it took a long time to make it a tiny bit bigger.
August 17, 2020
Purchased
8 months ago
Response from MoreFlavor
Thank you so much for your feedback about this new product. We really appreciate the honesty and value great feedback like this as it helps us improve our products. Cheers!
August 17, 2020
Malcolm MB