A busy august

August is the busiest month - or so it has been in 2019. My favourite job in past years was cutting the leaves off around the grapes to let the sun get at them and allow them to breathe. Even that seemed to take an age: more grapes, more leaves. Thank goodness we only have an acre! The grapes do look very happy now though, so I am sure it was worth it. And they are certainly enjoying this September summer which more than makes up for some wet and windy weather in August. Our 2016 vintage is now virtually finished (to widespread acclaim!) The 2017 batch (all 1700 bottles of it) was driven away this week to be disgorged and dosed at Furleigh Estate in Dorset. That essentially means being turned into sparkling wine (I am not allowed to say 'champagne')using traditional methods. The bottles will all return in a few weeks resplendent with their gold-foil covered corks; should be ready in time for Christmas. Meanwhile the 2018 was bottled a couple of weeks ago. That will be delivered next week to remain in a temperature controlled environment for a year until its turn to travel to Dorset. A never-ending supply of Somerset sparkling...


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