In 2007 & 2008, we continued to manage the vineyard ourselves and picked between 1.75 and 2 tons which we again sold to Clos Tita. 2009 was our first vintage we processed in our own new winery We picked slightly over 2 tons of which we sold 0.8 tons to Kathryn Kennedy winery. Then we tried our luck in making our first wine. We have no pictures from the picking, only from destemming the bunches and crushing the berries; and from punching down the cap during fermentation. We bottled our first wine in March 2012
The 2009 Crush represented the first opportunity to test or destemmer and fermentation tank. Note the destemmer sits directly on top of the fermentation tank; there is no berry sorting.
Punching down the cap in the first fermentation tank, after the destemmer was removed, was a balancing act
Bottling the 2009 Vintage
The fermented wine spent 2 ½ years in barrels until we decided it was ready for bottling in March of 2012. We racked each barrel into a steel tank and bottled each seperately – two regular barrels and a half barrel. This was a 1-man show with no help.