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Monday, January 20, 2014

Pinot Noir

Another 4 am start today. The Pinot Noir was ready for harvest at our second suppliers vineyard. They were going to harvest tonight and with the predicted hot day an early start made sense.

A pretty vineyard
Pinot Noir - lots and lots of small bunches

Pinot has very small berries and bunches but at least it has stems you can see unlike Chardonnay.

Tiny bunches of Pinot

Picking didn't start until close to 7 am but it was relatively quick and over with by 8.30 am.

The numbers: 59.7 KG, Brix 26 and pH 3.8. A little Tartaric Acid was added to move the pH closer to 3.5. After de-stemming the barrel went into the freezer. Used 25% whole bunches. 50ppm Potassium Metabisulphite was added.

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