Journal | October 4, 2016
It may be a bit premature, but there is a sense that the end is in site. I’ll probably feel differently when I go back to the cellar to try to figure out how we are going to manage the rest of the week.
Yesterday was another big picking day. Fortunately the weather was beautiful, which made the physically back breaking work more tolerable. I decided to stop the picking at 5:00 as we still had may hours of pump-overs, cellar work and crush preparation ahead of us.
This morning we will need to finish picking the rest of the reds before starting the crush. Another long day in store, but this will be the end of the reds with only the white varieties, Petit Manseng and Vidal left on the vines.
Overall I am very pleased with the Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon we now have in the cooler. The fruit is fragile after the rain, but there is a relatively small amount of compromised berries. One gets a much better sense of this while picking as opposed to just walking and sampling.