2011 Harvest News Feed
November 7th, 2011
November 1st, 2011
October 28th, 2011
October 25th, 2011
October 20th, 2011
October 19th, 2011
October 18th, 2011
October 15th, 2011
October 14th, 2011
September 30th, 2011
The Chardonnay we are using for Leggiero this year was sourced from the NK'Mip Band in north Oliver (Tuc el' Nuit area). We got block 'T' which is on the east side of their vineyard and the clone was 76 and the root stock was SO4. The vines are approximately 20 years old and the soil is a mixture of sand and sandy loam with scattered river rock throughout. The block was 112 rows long and we get our fruit starting from the south end of the block which is the ripest end.
We harvested a total of 6.788 tons with a Brix level of 22.0, ph of 3.2, and T/A (Total Acidity) of 6.4. Potential alcohol is 13.0 %. The fruit has very nice crisp apple and citrus flavors, good acidity, and was some of the cleanest fruit I have ever seen in the Okanagan Valley. There was zero rot in the entire lot.
I'm anticipating a nice clean ferment likely in two lots with several different strains of yeasts. As mentioned potential alcohol should be right on 13% which should be a nice light crisp package!
Liquid Jolly Rancher like aroamtics are oozing from the Pressure tank where the Moscato is fermentign away in. Red Haven peach skin and grape-y aromas are quite pronounced.
On the crush pad, shortly we will be sorting Chardonnay grapes grown in north of Oliver which is destined to be cool fermented to craft Leggiero: Elegant and Minimal Un-Oaked Chardonnay.
Ferment is underway in the pressure tank for the 2011 Moscato D'Osoyoos!
September 16 - PM
September 16 - AM
2 more tons of Muscat harvested from Black Sage Bench.