Harvest 2015 – Part 4

The first day of harvesting was Sept. 15 this year so the season is moving right along. We started with Pinot noir which is now fermenting in the winery. Sat., Oct 3 was the day we picked Pinot blanc. The weather has been beautiful – not too hot for the fruit or the pickers, DRY and a lot of sun! We couldn’t ask for more! In the winery the mix of tasks being done is more and more varied. The Pinot blanc is pressed whole cluster when it arrives at the winery. The stems, skins and seeds will be spread on the field. The Rosé is in barrels. The first Pinot gris is in tank and the last will be picked Oct. 8. By the 16th all the Pinot should be pressed & in barrel!!!

 

Pinot blanc harvest on Oct.5. The pickers were out at dawn.

Pinot blanc harvest on Oct.5. The pickers were out at dawn.

4 totes are on their way to the winery.

4 totes are on their way to the winery.

Russell is explaining the pressing of Pinot noir to guests.

Russell is explaining the pressing of Pinot noir to guests.

As harvest progresses there are more different tasks going on in the winery. Some Pinot is fermenting, some has been pressed and is settling out. The Rosé is in barrels, the gris and blanc are in the stainless steel tanks.

As harvest progresses there are more different tasks going on in the winery. Some Pinot is fermenting, some has been pressed and is settling out. The Rosé is in barrels, the gris and blanc are in the stainless steel tanks.

Samples are taken from each fermenter for in house monitoring. This is done on numerous days.

Samples are taken from each fermenter for in house monitoring. This is done on numerous days.

Winemakers sampling the new wines.

Winemakers sampling the new wines.

Winemakers sampling the new Pinot pressed a few days ago now in barrel.

Winemakers sampling the new Pinot pressed a few days ago now in barrel.

This Pinot gris has passed inspection.  The fruit is destined to become ice wine.

This Pinot gris has passed inspection and tastes great!

Last day of picking - Oct. 8, 2015. Thank you pickers!

Last day of picking – Oct. 8, 2015. Thank you pickers!

We are fortunate that it does not get cold enough to make "true" ice wine so we commercially freeze the juice.

We are fortunate that it does not get cold enough to make “true” ice wine so we commercially freeze the juice.

The Pinot noir picked a week ago has turned yellow; the gris in the foreground was picked Tuesday and is still green. Grape plants go dormant quickly after the crop is picked.

The Pinot noir picked a week ago has turned yellow; the gris in the foreground was picked Tuesday and is still green. Grape plants go dormant quickly after the crop is picked.

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Emily founded Winter's Hill Estate with her husband Peter in 1990.

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