Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Bottling, Bottling, Bottling!

After the noise of clinking bottles being driven into my brain all week, it is a great feeling to finally see the wines, as we winemakers say, ‘safely put to bed!’ Last Friday began with the first bottling, the new Syrah de Folie 2008, followed by the Le Prestige Cotes du Rhone 2007, Hermitage 2007, Pauillac 2007, St. Estephe 2007 and lastly, the Cahors 2007.

The whole week was capped superbly with Tony and Barbara’s paella party and they very kindly invited my family who are visiting this week to join us.

The Chai is now virtually empty apart from a few secret projects tucked away amongst the barrel stacks. Vintage preparation is in full swing with winemaker John Lakey arriving and new barrels being delivered.

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