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january 2016

Winemaking – the process behind our award-winning wines.

The Mt Vernon estate is abuzz with new energy, as we prepare to go ahead with the harvesting process.

Weather plays a pivotal role in the ripening of the wine grapes; luckily the hot summer weather has ensured that our grapes are fully ripe and ready to be used for our premium wines.

The harvesting process begins with the following critical steps:

Our grapes are hand-picked in batches of 20kg crates, the grapes are also carefully selected prior to harvesting, ensuring that they’re optimally ripe and of perfect health. The moment the grapes are picked determines the acidity, sweetness, and overall flavour of the wine.

The crates are then emptied into 500kg plastic bins and transported to our cellar. This is where the grapes are sorted from the bins, onto a sorting table, the grapes then pass through a de-stemmer crusher, where the bunch stalks are removed. The grapes, also known as berries are partially crushed during this process.

For white wines like our carefully oaked Chardonnay, the berries are pumped into a pneumatic press, where the juice is separated from the skins under low pressure. Red wine like our Cabernet Sauvignon, on the other hand, is left in contact with the skins to acquire additional flavour, colour, and tannins.

In our next edition, we will delve into more detail about the wine making process, including crushing and pressing, fermentation, clarification, and aging and bottling.



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