Wine glossary

oak chips
Definition:oak shavings

To give the impression of an oak aged wine (see small oak barrel), the must, Sturm, mash or even the young wine are mixed with various grades of (toasted) oak chips (or oak shavings). This is a highly cost-efficient method of adding the aroma and taste of oak to a (usually cheap) wine, and has been permitted in the EU for a number of years now.