Watershed year for UK wine

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Watershed year for UK wine

Postby tonyhibbett » Mon Oct 22, 2018 14:17

That's what they are saying with record harvests. Sadly my little vineyard suffered the usual powdery mildew blight but my neighbours' sprawling chardonnay yielded a staggering 90 kilos! it took me about 10 hours spread over 4 days to harvest. The grape crusher was pretty much essential and the old bbq grill proved useful in catching most of the stalks when placed over the bin. After pressing just once, I left the somewhat wet skins overnight with rohavin and pectolytic enzymes to maximise juice extraction. As a result I got 70 litres of juice. The sugar content was the same as usual at 15% so some topping up was required to get sg 1090.
I used three 5 gallon bins, a 4th being required for racking. This is the largest single brew I've ever done and I'm glad it's almost complete. The wine required a minimum dose of finings and a fair amount of acid reduction (40 g of potassium bicarbonate). All it needs now is a year in oak!
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Re: Watershed year for UK wine

Postby Rolfster » Tue Oct 23, 2018 07:24

Sounds like you've been busy!
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Re: Watershed year for UK wine

Postby HTH1975 » Sat Oct 27, 2018 08:13

Sounds like it will be a winner.

2016: 330L brewed (72 gallons, over 8 firkins)
2017: 105L brewed (need to update this figure)
Drinking: Landlord clone
Conditioning: ciders from 2016, hedgerow barrolo, 1914 Courage RIS (10%).
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Re: Watershed year for UK wine

Postby tonyhibbett » Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:36

The final tally was 60 litres of wine from 90 kilos of grapes. The cask holds 65 litres so I topped it up with 5 litres of wine from other vines. I decanted 58 litres of last year's batch and discarded 1 litre of dregs. This means 6 litres of water were lost due to evaporation which, considering that the cask was stored outside for 12 months, is not a lot. However, this reduction increases the acidity by 10%. Titration gave a reading of 6 ppt (as tartaric), which I consider too high for a dry white, although the pH is 4.1. It certainly tastes a bit too acidic, but I have found that wine tends to be rather harsh straight out of the cask and improves after a few weeks in the bottle.
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