To pick or not to pick…. that is the question
September 14th, 2007 | Uncategorized
As wine making decisions go, deciding upon the optimum moment to start the harvest is probably one of the most difficult.
In a perfect world, all grapes, from all our different vineyard sites would reach full maturity at more or less the same time, with the perfect balance of sugar, acidity and pH. The nights would be cool and the days warm with perfect blue skies.
Unfortunately the reality is a little different….. whilst the sugar (potential alcohol) increases, and the acidity falls there can also be a loss of aromas – so it the end it all becomes a bit of a gamble and a question of holding your nerve. Deciding upon the correct moment to reap the full potential of the grape is one thing, but then we also cannot afford to forget the vagaries of the local weather. Torrential rain can very quickly dilute an entire years efforts in the vineyard.
We have our fingers well and truly crossed, and our presses at the ready.