Chardonnay bottling

Posted by Jane Leckie. Filed under Events

It is always an exciting event to see a vintage going into the bottles. After working long hours and constantly monitoring the vines over the growing season (September to March) and working daylight to dusk during harvest the outcome is much anticipated.

The fruit has been balloon pressed in the winery after harvest in the first week of  March 2010 and the juice is run directly from the press  into  French oak barriques.  Under the careful watch of our wine marker, Mark Hunter, the wine undergoes partial malolactic fermentation to result in a delightful wine with fresh fruit characteristics of lemon and nectarine.

The day of  bottling the temperature was predicted to reach 40° but as usual the cheerful bottling team (who double as pickers during harvest) worked on efficiently to complete the She-Oak Hill  run by lunch time, with another 5 hours of Sanguine wine to go on the day.   This wine will be released in March 2011.

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