Thursday, 14 January 2010

The wine is bottled

I'm running behind on this blog. But then I always was! In any case, just prior to leaving Spain for Christmas with the family, I racked out the bentonite and bottled the remaining wine. I've now managed to get gravity racking down to a 'T': I use a piece of tube to syphon the wine from the tank into my large tub, clean out the tank and then manhandle the tub so its slightly higher than the bottom of the tank, and syphon it back in. Working on your own, it's a laborious process.

Then came the bottling. A very simple affair that consists of rinsing the clean wine bottles with a splash of the wine before filling and corking. Ninety bottles and a sore arm later, I was done. And that was it. After so much work (and believe me, it is a lot of work) the feeling of pride was quite something.

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Monday, 7 December 2009

A pre-bentonite bottling

A couple of weeks ago I did a quick run of bottling, filling 30 bottles (washed and rinsed) with the unfiltered, unfined Verdejo. It's a relatively quick proceedure envolving filling the bottle to a decent level, putting the cork in the bottle (using the 'machine' pictured) and piling them up.

Overfilling them can lead to a messy situation when the cork is forced into the neck.

Leaving one of the bottles in the fridge showed some evidence of 'matter' building up at the bottom of the wine, but nothing serious.

Bentonite fining will go ahead shortly...

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