Dean focusing on chocolate croissant as we get ready to press the Devoto. Dialing in the press program; flavors right on the money; got just under 7 barrels of Devoto this year from 2.6 tons, almost 5 of them free run. Much different than 2010 (where we battled significant September heat); and we pulled this before the rains so there was no rain-aided plumping. Dean (Chris in background) dancing on pommace. Who doesn’t end their day this way? Am trying a Hungarian Francois Frere barrel this year (one of 9); same species as their French barrel, tighter grain, smells amazing, all the quality is there. Will be monitoring closely in the new year however; while respected for those tight grains, Hungarian is sometimes thought to “give it up” all at once, in which case I’ll rack off early.
Here’s a shot of three of the Devoto bins we picked on October 3rd. It really started pouring right about 9am (Stan and his crew got started picking at 3am; I hustled to get there by 8; Penske doesn’t open until 7!) Doesn’t this stuff look delicious? Here’s a shot of Bill (who has helped me on every Devoto harvest — thanks Bill!) and Amy, Adam, and Maureen down at the winery helping me sort. Yours truly was “picking jacks”. Very little, percentage wise, wound up on the floor this year; very little rot, fruit was in great shape. Still a little light — six bins came out to 2.6 tons, not quite the 3 tons I was gunning for.
Very, very excited about making a Chardonnay this year! We decided on a 10/4 (pre-rain!) pick date this year and the numbers look very auspicious for the Chablis style I’m gunning for: 22.6 brix, 8 TA, 3.4 pH. I de-stemmed and mashed the fruit up pretty good, then let it sit on the skins for almost 12 hours before pressing, primarily in the hopes of creating a rounder mouth-feel. This contact will be all the tanins this wine sees. I pressed into a cold settling tank, then racked it into stainless where I’m doing a slow cool (10-15 degrees) ferment. Last week things were still very sweet, green apples (high malic acids) shifting into bananas (terpenes); maybe about a tenth into the ferment, I didn’t do a brix.
The weather for Fall Fest this year was gorgeous, nice and sunny down by the waterfront. Thanks to all who stopped by to taste — now don’t forget to sign up for our Wine Club! And many thanks to Kelly who helped me pour and deal with the masses, as I was at the winery most of that Sunday pressing the Flanagan fruit and inoculating the Devoto and Inspiration!
Wednesday, October 05, 2011Posted by Bobat 2:34 pmin blog0 comments
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