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Tuesday, 28 August 2012 09:14

Vintage 2012 Week 2

Vintage 2012 - Week 2

 

Last night, at the end of the second week of vintage 2012, we had to postpone harvesting for the first time this year, due to storms.  Up until now the weather has been sunny, settled and extremely hot, accelerating grape maturity and ensuring a steady flow of white and rosé juice entering the winery!  The storm only brought 8 mm of rain, which is not significant, therefore we will not have to worry about dilution of the berries and can continue with the harvest as soon as possible.  More worrying was the threat of hail, which could have been devastating to our crop, but happily this threat has not materialised ... yet!

 

The second week brought in a second 150 hectolitre lot of Merlot for Rosé and three press loads of Sauvignon Blanc.  The winery feels as though it is filling up fast!  More Sauvignon Blanc was due to be picked this morning, but weather permitting, we should be able to bring it in tonight.  The temperature is much cooler after the storm and the vines will be appreciating this and the sprinkling of rain after the 40 degree C temperatures we experienced last week.

 

In two weeks we’re already a quarter of the way through the harvest – but it still feels like we’ve got a long way to go!

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Wednesday, 22 August 2012 09:57

Vintage 2012 Week 1

Vintage 2012 - Week 1

 

So after the initial excitement and the tranquil pace of a day handpicking Chardonnay for our sparkling wine project, we have now hit the long hours and the full on pressure of harvest 2012.  The remaining Chardonnay was our first priority as temperatures began to soar.  Happily it is all now safely in the winery, as is our tiny block of Muscat and a first press of Sauvignon Blanc.  Volumes were down a little in the Chardonnay, but the quality over three separate picks is excellent.  All these whites are now gently fermenting as we turn our attention to rosé.

 

As ever, Merlot is the first red to ripen and although still a little too early to pick for red wine, it is ideal now for rosé.  In order not to extract too much colour, we make rosé as if we are making white wine, allowing as much ‘free run’ juice to drain straight to tank.  We picked yesterday and although it was a long day of processing we now have 150 hectolitres of Merlot rosé in the winery.  The colour and the aromatics are fabulous!   All being well, we will double that figure of rosé on Thursday.

 

Our new grape receival area is working well, making processing much more efficient, although on day 2 we had the inevitable hiccup with our temperamental pneumatic press!  The mood is good and the weather, although hot, is settled, which bodes well for the coming days.  The grapes will be maturing apace and there is a lot more to bring in.  Bonnes vendanges a tous!

 

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