Last Thursday we bottled the last of our 2008 wines. “Last” sounds like we made many wines, we only made wine from two vineyards, but it does feel good to have our 2008 vintage safely in bottles. Now we wait for the delicate Pinot to recover. As many of you know, wine goes thru a shock when it is bottled and needs some rest to recover before it is ready to drink.
Even though the bottling process is mostly automated, contrary to our home wine bottling in the last 7 years, we still make sure we touch every single bottle and leave our prints on it. Such are the joys of winemaking.
Take a look at the steps in pictures:
First the bottles are emptied of oxygen, filled with wine and the wine level is adjusted.
Corks are inserted and the red sleeves are put on and spun into place.
Next, the labeler applies our lovely label to the bottles.
Then the bottles come off the line and are boxed by hand.