Sunday we brought in the 1 acre of Helfer Vineyard Chardonnay (about 34 rows). Kistler, Dijon 76 & 96 clones. Don & I picked the Pinot ourselves a few weeks back. Remember, this vineyard on Vine Hill Road is just a few miles from Scherrer Winery.
Don and his wife do most of the vineyard work themselves. He mentioned that June and July are hectic back-breaking times in the neat closely-spaced rows. They work on Single Shoot Positioning, Trellising and managing those pesky tendrils.
Did I mention last time that Burt Williams and Ed Selyem (Williams Selyem) used to buy Don’s Pinot?
The basics: Red knob fills bladder inside of press squeezing the grapes. Green knob releases air. Spin press to move grapes around. Repeat multiple times (20 or so), increasing pressure slightly until Fred decides by taste when to stop.
Of course we still have work to do on the Chardonnay but we got all of our white fruit in before this week’s big rains (it is raining this morning, Wednesday Oct 5, as I write).
ps – the Scherrer Vineyard Chardonnay went wild! Wild yeast fermentation, that is. Fred let me taste some of it from the hogshead yesterday. Delicious!
Seriously. We have some good things going on in the cellar for 2011 Scherrer Winery.
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