We had a great year this year .. we have 5 varieties of grapes , Savignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio (not Gris), Temperanillo , Merlot and Shiraz.
This year the season was early and then came the cold snap so our Shiraz did not seem to be maturing . It stopped at 22 brix and ph 3.2
So we decided to make an Amarone style wine . This is made in Northern Italy with red grapes that have not reached their full maturation. The grapes are picked and then the flavours and sugar concentrated by drying the grapes by 20% ie incerasing the brix to about 29.
This will produce a very full bodied wine with an alchohol of 15-15.5%. (in theory)
we will see . We have never done this so we will see what comes of it
Piero dryng the grapes to produce our "amarone" style wine
The grapes are placed on racks in our sun room to dry.
We left them there for 2 weeks and the brix climbed to 29.
Crushing grapes .
My in house wine make checking the quality of the grapes
Pressing the grapes
This old press belonged to my late farther.
He was so proud of his wine , even though by the end of the season it was a tossup whether you drank it (mixed with coke) or put it on the salad!!!
The wonder juice . Look at that depth of colour!! You can almost taste it
The intence colour come from fermenting on the skins for 3 weeks .
Lynn Collecting our pumkins from the garden .
Lynn is a trained OT.. You can tell that she lifts properly with her knees . Well done!!
We have now planted Rape, Broad Beans , Broccoli and Peas.