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New system measures tannin levels in barrels

Oakscan is an infrared scanning system which measures the exact number of tannins in each stave of a barrel before it is assembled, meaning a winemaker can precisely select the type of tannins to match the style of wine required.

Developed by barrel makers Radoux, together with the Faculty of Oenology at Bordeaux University. Oakscan will be used to make the first barrels to be able to categorise the type and quality of tannins in wood.

Radoux is in the process of implementing the system for all its French oak barrels.

So whilst yearly weather patterns in Bordeaux can't be controlled at least some stability in the barrels will allow another level of precision to wine-making in the region.