Balazs Hungarian Oak Barrel | Mild Toast | 10L | 2.64 gal

Balazs Hungarian Oak Barrel | Mild Toast | 10L | 2.64 gal

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Balazs Hungarian Oak Barrel | Mild Toast | 10L | 2.64 gal
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  • Made from high-quality Slavonian oak sustainably sourced from Hungarian forests
  • Superior in long term storage due to the tight grain and slow release of phenolic compounds
  • Equivalent or superior quality compared to French Oak barrels at a much more affordable cost
  • Zinc-plated steel barrel hoops for corrosion resistance
  • Coopered by the world-renowned Balazs Nagy

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.

  • 10 L (2.64 gal)
  • Height - 13.58"
  • Head Diameter - 8.26"
  • Abdomen Diameter - 10.23"
  • Stave Thickness - 0.51 - 0.71"
  • Bung Hole - 20 mm
  • Empty Weight - 9.9 lbs
  • Mild Toast
  • Barrel hoops made from zinc-plated steel for corrosion resistance
  • Rack included



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Because they're supposedly just as good as French oak!
Brad T on Aug 21, 2021
Because they're supposedly just as good as French oak!
Brad T on Aug 21, 2021
In regards to the 10 L Hungarian Oak barrel, is the mild toast that comes with this barrel adequate for red winemaking? Would medium be better?
Steven Waring on Jul 2, 2022
BEST ANSWER: I would not recommend more toasted oak. Because the barrel is new it will impart a very strong oak to your wine the first 5-6 times you use it. Make sure you pre soak and rinse multiple times before use and remember to bottle age 3 months after removing from the barrel or it will be too oak flavored to enjoy.

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