martes, 12 de enero de 2021

Natural Materials OTR for Wine Maturation Containers

  Characterization of the Oxygen Transmission Rate of New-Ancient Natural Materials for Wine Maturation Containers 

Ignacio Nevares and Maria del Alamo-Sanza

Foods 2021, 10(1), 140;

Today, there is a trend in enology promoting a return to the use of old natural materials for the manufacture of storage and maturation wine tanks. One of the most sought-after characteristics of these materials is their permeability to oxygen from the atmosphere to improve wines without this being a harmful process. The reference performance in wine aging is, without doubt, the oak barrel for its ability to oxidize wines in a controlled way, thus improving them. It would be possible to mature wines in containers in which the use of wood is not obligatory, as opposed to aging in oak barrels or foudres. This work presents the results of oxygen permeation analysis under test conditions typical of a tank containing wine, using materials, such as concrete and granite. The oxygen permeability of the materials tested was very diverse, typical of natural materials. The results showed that earthenware presents an excessive permeability, not only to atmospheric oxygen, but also to liquids and needs treatment before being used in liquid containers. Claystone and concrete can be impermeable to liquids, but maintain permeability to atmospheric oxygen—making them candidates for use in permeable tanks for wine maturation. Finally, granite has some very interesting characteristics, though thickness control is required when calculating the desired oxygen transmission rate. 

 Acknowledgments: The authors would like to thank J. de Castro‐Arronte for its technical support
in the execution of the tests, to R. Gil de Mingo (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) for its assistance
in the geological characterization of the granite; for the supply of materials used for experiments
thanks to Bodegas Ramón Bilbao and to DVTec for the donation of the concrete samples; to Bodega
Prado Rey
which, as part of the Glovalmavin Project, supplied ceramic pieces from Spanish vessels;
to B.C. Trela for the Georgian Qvevri pieces and to Clayver S.r.l. for supplying us with experimental
claystone samples for characterization.

domingo, 10 de enero de 2021

Wine Ageing in Custom Oxygenation Oak Wood Barrels

Characterization of Anthocyanins and Anthocyanin-Derivatives in Red Wines during Ageing in Custom Oxygenation Oak Wood Barrels

Samanta Prat-García, Joana Oliveira, Maria del Alamo-Sanza*, Victor de Freitas ,Ignacio Nevares and
Nuno Mateus*

Molecules 2021, 26(1), 64;

 The classification of staves by their OTR to build barrels allows for different contributions of oxygen to the wine, therefore obtaining wines with different anthocyanin and colour characteristics. This study confirmed that the oxygen entry through oak wood influences the colour of red wine during ageing. Some differences in anthocyanins concentration were observed in wines aged in barrels with different OTR.