The changing of the seasons marks yet another phase in the vintage cycle. The coloured leaves are a beautiful palette of hues and shades that confirm that all is done and the wine, pressed and barrelled sits and waits – ferments and slowly coaxes itself into life, length and complexity.
Vintage was rewarding and this next one should show a Fumè Blanc as well as the relaunch of the “Piccadilly Sunrise”, our hand crafted Pinot Noir based Rosé. Its been a while, but the Pinot was so wonderfully abundant in flavour and colour after full skin contact in open fermentation, I just couldn’t resist. However I’m not sure if they’ll have a general release. As such I’ll probably keep those two for the cellar door only as quantities are limited.
Vintage also inspired me to produce a wild ferment Pinot Noir, of which I have only engaged in a few times in 25 years. A difficult balance to ferment openly and wild yeasts can be temperamental at the best of times, much like Pinot Noir, to coax into stability – fragile and delicate – balance and attention integral. But I guess good Pinot makers are a little like horse-whispers – belligerent in patience knowing the outcome always merits great reward.
Time to start pruning and let the whole cycle commence again.