It’s always a great relief to have our bottling completed. Feels fantastic actually!
We now have an extra 1400 cases = 16,800 bottles of what we feel are excellent wines.
The 2013 reds spent over 12 months in oak. We are excited about the first ever reserve Mount Panorama Shiraz (bottled about 80 cases) as well as our first and last Tempranillo wine. All up we bottled about 800 cases of reds ….most will be released sometime in early 2015.
The rest of the wines bottled were from the 2014 harvest and included three whites (Semillon/Chardonnay, Dog’s Day Chardonnay and Mount Panorama Estate Chardonnay) as well as the 2014 A Little Flushed Rose. These wines came from grapes picked in February and March this year…..we bottled about 600 cases.
To me, the most exciting of these wines are the 2014 Mount Panorama Estate Chardonnay and the 2014 A Little Flushed Rose.
Aside from harvest, the two weeks leading up to bottling and the bottling itself are the most stressful and exhausting period for winemakers. Even though we still have the clean up of tanks and winery to go, it is a great relief to see the finished products safely in their bottles and ready for sale. Oh yeah, now I have to sell it all……………….