Well, September is gone. In contrast to last year, when we were literally begging for some solar warmth, and trying to eschew the nagging rains, September this year has been a constant weekly barrage of successive mostly 90* plus days.
The result - a frenzied rush to to find enough labor and hours in the day ( sometimes necessitating picking under the lights ! ) to pick the constant onslaught of ripening fruit.
For MWW personally, the results have brought forth great promise. Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier and Grenache blanc all arrived on the crush pad in great condition, hinting at the possibilities of a spectacular white Rhone blend.
We received our first grapes destined for rosé this past Friday ! The Grenache was picked at 22.5* Brix to provide us a bright, low alcohol wine, suitable for summertime sipping. The whole berries were allowed to cold-soak on the skins overnight, and were then gently pressed to barrel after 24 hours, giving us a beautifully salmon hued rosé.
Tomorrow we will receive some Mourvedre, and a smidge more Grenache to complete the components of the blend.
We can't wait to get into the bottle ....... and into our glass! This is our favorite time of year!