There’s nothing like being prepared
September 16th, 2007 | Uncategorized
2007 Harvest – Day 2 – Sunday 16th September
They say that grape pickers are nomadic, but one of the guys working for us this year takes all the prizes! Take a look at his 4×4 pictured above (click on the picture to enlarge) – he appears to be prepared for all the perils of the Galician outback.
OK, so now back to the serious business of harvesting grapes. The weather forecast for today was not perfect, but we did at least start in bright sunshine. As the day wore on however, the sky did become a little overcast, mostly high cloud, and we did experience just a few spots of rain that fell in the late morning, but not even enough to dampen the pavement.
The grapes collected so far are very healthy, with good sugar levels, and perhaps just a hint more acidity than last year, although it is very difficult to judge this so early on. Our first look at the grape ‘must’ (which is in the midst of ‘settling’) reveals a nose of apricot and peach, with the same fruits appearing on the palate, together with apple and pear – very typical of the variety. It appears to have good weight and concentration, balanced by a fresh acidity, but obviously we will know more accurately after fermentation.
After a reasonably relaxed weekend, we await the onslaught of the new week.