With a sudden-ness that happens sometimes (often), when one is juggling more than three balls, (I’ve stopped counting) the wine grapes went from imminent to ‘Pick me right now’! These grapes are a Vidal Blanc and this is our third vintage. I only have 12 vines and I have decided this year that I need at least 6 more. We just squeaked through. So this spring I shall plant another row.
Anyway with no time to call for help, (and very few weekends when I have any help) Our John and I set to work to pick and crush the 2013 tiny vintage.
I took these preliminary shots ..
But as I had to pick and de-stem this year I got way too sticky to pick Camera House up again. Production was down again this year, even with the peaheans locked up (they are free now much to their relief). But we were able to pick and crush just enough to fill the two demijohns. I say just enough because this year the juice is being divided. John’s half will be processed with the addition of a bought yeast. First he kills the wild yeasts then adds the controlled yeast. My half is going to go to work on its own, the organic way, using the wild yeasts. Our John is convinced that my half will end up being vinegar. But we will see. I have faith in the wild-ness.
It was a long day but we have two big buckets of juice in the distillery room beginning their year long journey towards my wine glass.
It is being called the Ladybird Wine because so many of the grapes had ladybirds living in them, and even though we were able to grade most of them out, they surely must influence the taste of the 2013 vintage and probably not in a good way. But once again we will see. I am a patient soul.
Now to our October challenge. Proposed by Sam my Senior Son. He would like me to start taking star pictures. Night skies. We are blessed with a sky that is completely uncontaminated by artificial light. Being far away for anyone. A brilliant sky not everyone has though i suspect many of you can see a sky like this too. So we are going to learn how to take shots of the stars and then shots of the moon. I have NO IDEA how to do this with a digital camera. So back to basics we go!
Naturally last night the sky was obscured by heavy clouds. But that gives me time to work out the basics. Star gazing. We can all do that! In and around our normal busy days and nights.
It rained in the night, a good rain for our thirsty gardens, and ripe grapes behave badly when they drink too much water, so we harvested in the nick of time.
You all have a lovely day.
your friend on the farm, celi