Winemaker Jeff Herinckx
What’s happening at the winery
Harvest is complete! We got the first fruit, which was Pinot Gris, in on September 28. Total harvest time for us was about two and a half weeks, which is just about average. We had a later spring than we have in recent years, but the nice, warm summer allowed for a gradual ripening of the fruit. Fortunately, we got all of our fruit off the vines before the heavy rain started. Lots of fruit got really wet, but not ours. The Pinot Noir came in on October 5, and the Riesling was the last variety we got in. Despite the extended hang time for the Riesling, it still came in with a lower sugar level than the Pinot Gris. This is characteristic of Riesling – it’s almost always our last variety in off the vines.
The volume of grapes this year was higher than average, expect for the Niagara. That’s okay – we already have a lot of it.
We just finished crushing the 2017 Pinot Noir and it’s undergoing fermentation. Before the end of November, we expect to be able to transfer the 2017 into barrels and tanks and begin to prepare the 2016 for bottling. We’ve identified some single vineyards of the 2016 Pinot Noir that we’ll put back into barrels for just a little longer; we’ll bottle the rest of the vintage.
The 2017 Pinot Gris is still fermenting in tanks. We will cold-stabilize it soon, and then decide how much of it to bottle. There was one Pinot Gris vineyard that came in riper than usual, which was surprising because it’s from a high elevation, so I’m really excited to work with it and see how it turns out.
What’s going on in November
We plan to release the wine club Tempranillo this month. The grapes came from Washington State; there are a lot of good resources there for hearty red. I’m very pleased with this wine and hope the club members enjoy it as much as I do.
This month, we’ll bottle the Toasted Cow red blend (Tempranillo, Syrah, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon) and some Marion Berree. After that, we’ll work on swapping out the Pinot Noir so the 2017 can get into the barrels.
We hope to see you at our Thanksgiving Open House weekend, beginning on Friday, November 24. We’ll have great deals on wine, including case discounts that come with an ornament for your tree. ‘Tis the season!
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