jamie goode's wine blog: Bottling it

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Bottling it

Finally got round to bottling my wine today. Made from a vineyard in Surrey, I ended up with 40 bottles of white and 66 of red. It's the red I'm most excited about. Both were made quite naturally, with no sulphur dioxide added until after malolactic, and the red has withstood the rather oxidative winemaking style a bit better.

The red is a blend of Regent and Dornfelder, harvested ripe and in very good hygenic condition. There was a strict selection for the best grapes, carried out at the same time as the hand destemming. Fermentation was in five gallon buckets, with foot treading and hand plunging. It then went into 1 gallon demijohns after pressing, where it remained without racking on its lees. I've chosen to bottle early while it can still take the oxidative insult of the bottling process in its stride. No filtration or fining was required.

As you can see from the picture, it's quite a dark coloured wine, but it's elegant enough, with good acidity and grippy tannins. There'll be no hurry to drink it up, but it's a natural wine meant for drinking soon, rather than a vin de garde. Assuming malo really has finished, I think it will be the sort of wine that I enjoy drinking. 11 demijohns were bottled separately rather than being blended together, so there'll be a degree of bottle variation. I can live with that. I'm delighted with how it's turned out.



At 7:18 AM, Anonymous Keith Prothero said...

Congratulations Jamie!! I look forward to tasting this wine next month!
Any idea what the abv% is .Presumably,relatively low as it was "brewed" in a freezing climate--ha ha.

At 10:06 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Keith, you shall! Hopefully, in the very kitchen in which it was made, if we can tempt you to the wilds of Feltham.

At 7:21 AM, Anonymous Keith Prothero said...

I shall indeed be tempted and will bring a rather interesting wine for you to taste.
I will in fact have some good news re a new winery venture,and in two years I trust you will be enjoying the wine we produce.

At 2:38 PM, Anonymous william chambers said...

dear jamie,

your wine sounds great. congratulations on having seen the thing through.

At 10:03 PM, Blogger Summertown said...

Well done! It must be like your first-born (does your family read the blogs? Hope not!). Robert Parker once said he owns and plays around in a winery so he doesn't feel like a eunuch when commenting on other's efforts. That certainly resonates with this eunuch!
Rob Malcolm
Summertown Wine Cafe

At 11:20 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Hmm, I'd love to make a proper wine in a proper winery one day. But a winemaking friend gave me some good advice - beware. Because writers like me have lots of ideas and love to experiment, but when you are making wine for real you have to focus more - you can't be experimenting all the time - your style will be ever-changing and your customers confused.


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