Having waited patiently for the malolactic fermentation, one of my 2 demi-Johns has now been emptied into 6 bottles - and a bit.
|6 1/2 bottles Triomphe d'Alsace + Brant 11/4/2012|
I racked the wine in December 2011, discarding the 'depot' and have observed progress with excitement.
Not a huge harvest, but the sugar content was promising and alcohol is around 12%.
Not a bad result - if I may say so?
The other demi-John still shows sign of life, so I have to wait until there is balance in the u-tube, proving fermentation has stopped.
The reason for the difference is probably, that the now bottled one was a 50-50 mix of Brant and Triomphe d'Alsace, while the last demi-John is a pure Tr. d'Alsace.
It is interesting to watch the difference.
One bottle wil be put away for some years.
It was my friend and wine buff Evy Halling, who suggested that I take a bottle every year and store it.
When I bottled the 2010 harvest last year, Simon (friend and neighbour) knocked on the door at exactly the right time. It became an unforgettable bottling session, still talked about - but so were all meetings with Simon, who passed away October 2011.
I have used previously emptied bottles, cleaned them, stuck them in the oven at 220 C for 1/2 hour - filled them and corked them without worrying about branding. It is a pain in the proverbial to remove commercial ettiquettes - I think they use araldite these days, so I didn't worry!
With one exception: the bottle without label will be artistically embellished by "the wine grower cum artist" himself to be put away for some years.
Meanwhile, the vines in front of the house and in the patio are now producing leaves and the first sign of what will be flowers and grapes are showing. 3 Chardonnay have been added to the portfolio, but it will take a couple of years before they produce grapes.
The wonders of nature - - -