It’s the 13th February and it looks and feels like a beautiful, mild autumn day here at Renzaglia Wines. It probably won’t last as we hear there’s some warm weather to come, but it’s nice that we had such a beautiful day to kick off the 2016 harvest.
Mark and his crew are picking the first lot of Mt Panorama Estate Chardonnay grapes today to make another vintage of the increasingly popular Cobbers Sparkling wine, a collaboration with our wine making buddies at Vale Creek and Grass Parrot wines.
(I bet Mark tells me I got this wrong but I’ll have a go anyway!) ……If you don’t already know, sparkling wine requires grapes that are not totally ripe so that the juice has enough acidity to cope with the addition of sugar and yeast after the base wine has been made. This addition facilitates fermentation in the bottle or vats and hence creates the “bubbles” that we all love.
We have been employing the Charmat method to make our bubbles which is a lot faster than the traditional method. With Charmat the second fermentation occurs in vats rather than the bottles and the wine is then bottled under pressure to contain the bubbles.
Mark and the other Cobbers make the base wine at Vale Creek winery, we then transport this still wine to Peterson’s in the Hunter Valley where they have all the equipment to re-ferment in vats and bottle under pressure.
Meanwhile…………… back at the ranch in O’Connell, I’m trying to figure out what to do with all these peaches.
The crock pot came in handy to make peach butter.
I’ll have to see if Mark is up to making his famous peach tart for dessert tonight.
At least there’ll be a bit of a break until the apples are ready! Oh, darn. I forgot about the tomatoes.
It has been a great growing season.
I also forgot to mention that we will have a stall at the Oberon Show next Saturday 20th and at the Sydney Cellar Door in Hyde Park the following weekend 26th, 27th, 28th Feb. Look for the “Wines Of Bathurst” tent. We’ll be sharing this with our cobbers, Grass Parrot and Vale Creek wines.
Come see us if you are in the area.
P.S We’ve got some good things to tell you about the Bella Luna Chardonnay which won a gold at the last NSW Wine Awards. It’s been getting some great recognition. More on that later…..