So I guess its about time I brought you my end of harvest report, but because I’m lazy and short blog posts are easier to write and more fun to read I have decided to bring it to you in a four part series, one for each variety. So without further ado
PART ONE: CHARDONNAY
The 2013 harvest was our first with Chardonnay. I have had my eye on this vineyard for some time, it is owned by the same guy who owns the vineyard where we source our red grapes from, though is not in the same location. It is still part of Ritoznoj but is on the otherside of the hill from the cellar, near to Gabernik. The vineyard is on a very nice south east aspect, it is quite a low vigour site for this area. The site seems to retain acidity very well with is a major positive for me. I am very excited about the potential not just for this wine but also future vintages from the site.
Harvest: 15th September
Whole bunch pressed to tank. Extraction of 615 litres per tonne. Natural fermentation in used barriques. Two of the six barrels are still ticking along, not sure that they will finish fermentation this year given the cellar is starting to cool down, hopefully they will be dry in spring.