October 2018: Vineyard News
For many people, the onset of autumn and winter is a slightly sad time of reflection as the long days of summer draw to a close.
For me as a vineyard owner it’s a time of great excitement as we harvest our grapes and finally have a chance to rest without the constant worry of something destroying our fruit!
By the time this goes to print, both our Pinot noir and Seyval blanc grapes will be safely bubbling inside huge stainless steel tanks in the winery on the Mendips. In the vineyard I’ll be starting to roll my bird netting up and tidying the picking crates away for another year. It’s a time of closure and feeling satisfied that the growing year is complete.
2018 has been truly momentous in terms of its weather. The consistently hot temperatures saw our Pinot noir grapes produce over double the average number of bunches. The thing that makes this year so special is that the grape bunches were not only more plentiful, but also much larger and of a really nice quality. Not every vineyard will have had such a good year but for us this has been a ‘once in a decade’ crop. Having said that, it could happen again next year if the weather is hot again!
On the wine front, our rosé stocks are dwindling but I’m very excited to announce that our first brut sparkling wine is ready for release and can be pre-ordered now. Only 500 bottles were produced using our Seyval blanc grapes from the 2016 harvest. The wine was made using the traditional method and aged on the lees for 11 months. First reactions to it at a recent tasting were very positive and we’re enjoying working on some eye-catching labels. Do get in touch if you’d like to reserve some for Christmas.
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