May Madness, 2015!
May is always a busy month at Sainte Rose and this year has been no exception! In the vineyards the vines are growing at an exceptional rate, the canopy filling out to create a pale green fringe along the rows. The trellising wires need to be raised to keep up with the rate of growth and the shoots at the foot of the vine need to be removed so that all the energy goes up the trunk to the tiny beginnings of the bunches of grapes that are forming at the fruit wire. The weeds are also growing apace so inter-row mowing and inter-vine ploughing is required so that the weeds don’t compete with the vines for soil nutrients.
In the winery, we have been blending and bottling more wine from the 2014 and some of the barrel-aged wines from 2013. With the start of summer there is huge demand for our 2014 Rosé and our entry level single varietal 2014 Chardonnay and Merlot are now available. Our 2013 Le Pinacle Syrah/Viognier, which has been ageing for 18 months in French and American oak barrels has now been bottled but we will allow it to bottle-age for a few months before it is released.
It has also been a busy month with trade visitors to the Domaine including our Agent from the United States and the Sommelier & Sales Manager from Vinmonopolet in Denmark. As a result of these visits there is more wine heading Stateside and our first ever order going to Denmark this week. We are particularly pleased to see the start of our partnership with Vinmonopolet in Denmark who are listing 5 wines from our range.
Sainte Rose has been on the road too, with presentations to Majestic Wine store staff in Leeds, Manchester and London, presentations to Naked Wines sales staff in Norwich and 3 busy days at the London International Wine Fair at Olympia.
Phew, we could do with a holiday now, but have another bottling planned this month and a week touring cities in the UK for consumer tastings with Naked Wines, so never a dull moment!