The final part of the process comes to fruition when Lindsay stands on the bottling line and watches the empty bottles being filled, capped and labelled before he, personally, packs them safely away into cartons. A sigh of relief with the fulfilment of a year’s hard labour.
This year, the bottling was slightly more exhausting and stressful than previously due to the installation of a new higher speed wine pump which ensured that those bottles just kept coming relentlessly down the conveyor belt – like marching water buckets from a Disney film – with barely a moment to contemplate anything beyond the deep concentration required to check each individual bottle as it was taken off the line.
Lindsay was very excited to see the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc and ‘Piccadilly Sunrise’ Rosé finally complete their journeys and come to rest in bottles, regardless of the manic processes involved in achieving this final and ultimately – most important step from grape to product.
New vintages, similar taste profiles as we have come to expect from Barratt Wines, with one noticeable difference being new labeling. Look out for their retail launch in the oncoming months.
Even though he was exhausted after two days of bottling, you could tell from the glint of deep satisfaction in his eye that he was silently proud of the end result. A man of few words, you learn that for Lindsay it’s always about producing the best possible product from the fruit that Mother Nature has served up to him that vintage and, fortunately, that almost invariably means a beautiful wine which the rest of us can relish and enjoy.