Vintage year for west wine

November 09 2013

A BISHOPSTON wine producer has recorded a boost in pinot noir grapes, due to this summer's hot weather.

A BISHOPSTON wine producer has recorded a boost in pinot noir grapes, due to this summer's hot weather.

Ingrid Bates, the owner of a Somerset vineyard, launched her pinot noir rose - Dunleavy - in May.

She said: "Last year's wine sold out in just four days, so we're sure that the 2014 release will be just as popular when it's ready."

The grapes were picked from Dunleavy Vineyard and driven straight to a winery outside of Glastonbury. Once there, the grapes were immediately pressed. The juice was then pumped into a tank ready to begin the wine-making process.

Ingrid added: "This year's crop was very high in sugar and will be used by international award-winning winemaker, Steve Brooksbank, to make a fantastic, still rose wine."

The wine from this year's harvest should be available around May 2014 from Grape & Grind on Gloucester Road. To find out more about Dunleavy Vineyards, visit: www.dunleavyvineyards.co.uk.