Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Wine making 2012
Even though we have 100 shiraz vines here, we haven't been able to use any of the grapes for three seasons. Too wet, and the grapes have succumbed to fungus. Meanwhile, our 20 or so chambourcin vines go ok in the wet, but produce too few grapes to do anything meaningful with them. We just eat them and give them away as table grapes.
Lesson for new players: don't grow shiraz in a humid climate. It just doesn't work.
While we procrastinate over what to do with 100 shiraz vines, we've been buying grapes for the last three seasons. In 2010, we made grenache shiraz mouvedre known in the wine trade as GSM. Last year we bought in Merlot. This year its cabernet sauvignon. Action Man, chief winemaker (I am the sidekick and critic), reckons it is the best wine he has made yet. All the readings have been textbook, but by the main reading ie. tasting, I would have to agree with him.
Pressing was on Saturday and AM had a few people over as an audience. Fortunately, because he had a major back spasm during the process and the audience became the winemakers that day at least. Since AM has been dubbed Inaction Man, as he has been literally laid low.