Barrel Aged Balsamic Vinegar
Mix this Barrel Aged Balsamic Vinegar with your favourite Pukara Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil to make a great vinaigrette or marinade. Simply add it to pasta sauce for a delicious result. Place on a mezze plate in a bowl next to dukkah and crusty bread – sure to please.
On a trip to Italy in 2013 mum (Shirley) and I visited Modena in Italy’s north west corner. It’s the home of the finest balsamic in the world. We visited one of 10 original family producers and learnt that whilst products labelled as balsamic vinegars can be churned out by the thousands per day in a factory, making a true balsamic vinegar is like making a fine bottle of wine- it takes time and patience. It must age in a barrel over one year or decades. The longer it remains in the barrel the more intense the flavour, and by adding and blending the grape must, or grape juice it changes the flavour of the balsamic.
The grape must evaporates away and must be added to. Each time this process occurs the barrel gets smaller and smaller. The oldest balsamic is so intense in flavour it is bottled out of a barrel that is about 30cm long. We purchased 6yr, 12yr and 25yr balsamics to bring home and enjoy. They are far superior to any other I have tried – until now. That’s because Pukara use similar traditional techniques asthe Italians. Pukara uses wine and grape juice. Their mother culture used to produce the vinegars, has been actively producing quality vinegars since the late 1800’s.
Try their caramelised balsamic vinegar, white balsamic and barrel aged balsamic (like a fine Italian version.) Then try their flavoured Balsamics: Fig,Pomegranate, Blackcurrant, Vanilla/Cinnamon, Guava. Each one delicious foruse with different foods. There’s also a Red Wine Vinegar and their caramelised onion jam is truly delicious. Sweet and sour with hints of smokiness use with grilled meats, in quiches, tarts or perfect served with a ploughman’s platter.
Pukara Estate began in the picturesque hamlet of Denman, Hunter valley, in the foothills of the Barrington Tops National Park, as olive growers in 1999. The first commercial harvest took place in 2003 and Pukara was launched. They have now cemented their place in the gourmet food industry as fine purveyors of Extra Virgin Olive Oils, Balsamic Vinegars and now mayonnaise, smoked salts, relish, tapenade and dukkah. Pukara has won over 60 awards nationally. Every product bursts with flavour, and we want you to enjoy Pukara as well.
We stock the full range of Pukara Products –
Extra Virgin Olive Oils 250ml: Lime, Premium, Robust, Garlic, Truffle, Lemon, Chilli, Pepper, Wasabi, Herb.
Extra Virgin Olive Oils 500ml: Premium, Robust, Garlic
Lakelands Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oils 250ml: Basil, Chilli, Tangerine, Ginger, Garlic, Special Reserve.
Balsamic Vinegars 250ml: Caramelised, Barrel Aged, White, Fig, Pomegranate, Blackcurrant, Vanilla/Cinnamon, Guava, Red Wine Liqueur Vinegar, White Wine Liqueur Vinegar.
Balsamic Vinegar 500ml: Caramelised.
Condiments: Harissa/Chilli/Olive Relish, Basil Pesto, Sundried Tomato Pesto, Artichoke/Green Olive Tapenade, Caramelised Onion Jam, Capsicum/Chilli Jam, Mushroom/Olive Relish, Black Olive Tapenade.
Dukkah: Traditional, Macadamia/Chilli, Cashew/Roast Onion.
Mayonnaise: Traditional, Lemon/Lime, Garlic, Wasabi.
Smoked Salts: Chilli, Charcoal/Olive, Original Smoked, Oak Smoked, Pepper/Olive