April 2018: Vineyard News
This week I made my way across the Mendips to the village of Pylle near Glastonbury, to the barn where my wine is made.
This week I made my way across the Mendips to the village of Pylle near Glastonbury, to the barn where my wine is made. I went with the sole purpose of trying my new Pinot noir rosé wine for the first time before it makes its final journey from its giant stainless steel tank down to the bottling line. I know I am supposed to enjoy this first taste but, for me, sampling wine at 10.30am feels strange and nerve racking so I always take a large sample home to try again later, away from the slightly alien environment of a cold and scrupulously clean winery. Thankfully I love it, which is a relief because a lot of hard work went into producing it last year! Because we are a small producer and don’t blend previous years’ wines together, our rosé is slightly different every year. The levels of sugar and acid in the grapes reflect the weather and climatic conditions the grapes grew in. So, like every summer, every wine is unique.
On the vineyard front I am now two thirds of the way through my pruning and am desperate to finish before Easter. I’m not sure if I’ll manage it but it’s so good to see the end in sight. The sheep are due to arrive in the vineyard this week - a little later than expected after the farmer had a stressful time dealing with lambing in the freezing weather we’ve just had. Luckily for me, vines don’t mind the cold weather when they are dormant. Only a few more weeks and they will start to show signs of waking up, and then I can start worrying about the weather again.
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