Friday, October 3, 2008

Cabernet harvested!

Wow! - what another beautiful day for the 2008 harvest. Our first 4 tons of Cabernet Sauvignon were harvested on Wednesday. The fruit came in at about 23.5 brix, perfect for making a well-balanced wine.

The berries were evenly set and had a great combination of flavor and acidity. We began at sunrise, picking and sorting the grapes as they were collected in half-ton bins.

We enjoyed a few hours in the bright morning sun...and then we were off to the winery. At the winery we weighed the bins and started the crush. The grapes were once-again sorted before entering the destemmer. From vine to tank, all of Vellum's grapes go through four (4) hand sortings. This ensures that only the highest quality clusters are used. The rest of the fruit gets turned into fertilizer. (And in some cases - grape jelly!)

All in all, the day was wonderful. Thank you to everyone that helped...and to our friends and family who are following along with the harvest from afar.

Now the Cabernet will go through 48 hours of cold-soak before we start the fermentation.

Keep on checking back with us...we have 12 more tons of grapes to harvest in the coming weeks.

Jeff Mathy

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