Antony is busy putting the juice of our first pick (back 4 weeks ago) into barrels where it will age for the next nine months. Lucie (from Toronto) is carefully monitoring the process, but with such a wonderful smile, how can anything go wrong! Another 18 months before we can start offering the 2014 cuvée to our faithful followers.
Harvest officially finished early this week and our vineyard has been completely stripped of its fruit.
Kia Ora / Thank you / Merci / 감사합니다 / Danke to our faithful crew Antony, Edouard, Julien, Miran, Corentin, and Nathan and to our “backpackers” Alix, Christine, Damien, Guillaume D, Guillaume J, Hannes, Jamie, Jennifer, Julie, Malyon, Marlene, Olivier, Pierre, Robin, Sebastien, Sophie, Thomas, Tony and Yannick. A special thank you to our neighbor Andrew for helping as well.
See you all in 2015!
Only a day and a half left and the vineyard will be stripped naked of its fruits. You can see the sense of excitement this provides to Julien! From left to right, Julien, Miran and Edouard.
The crew picked 11 tons today in record time. For the math whizzes, this is the equivalent of 11,000 kgs x 62% juice extraction rate / 0.75 liters per bottle or 9,093 bottles of PN! No wonder why the team was proud at the end of the day. From left to right, Edouard, Miran, Julien and Corentin.
Corentin (being from Belgium) will probably object to this, but our little enclave is slowly becoming known as the Little Paris of Central Otago. This picture was taken as we enter the final stretch of the 2014 harvest. From left to right, Edouard, Antony, Julien and Corentin.
This is a picture of the grapes fermenting inside a large tank. Those grapes were picked on the first day of harvest and will be part of the bottle you drink in 2016.
We are at the half mark of the 2014 harvest. So far so good. Everybody is in great spirit and the fruit is looking amazing. A deserved drink at the end of the day and tomorrow is a day off for the team. Back at it on Sunday!
Grapes were picked and brought to the winery yesterday. There, the process that will give birth to Vela’s Twelfth Night 2014 Pinot Noir just started… Watch the video!
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Call us crazy but we had to try it! We partnered with LookOurWay and brought 3 © Air Rangers (a.k.a.Mr. Pinot) to our vineyard for a scientific trial. We’ve already had to deal with a number of challenges but the prize at stake is high as it could become a cost efficient way to scare our “friend” the wax-eye. Stay tune for the results in 6 weeks…