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Lisa Strid
November 5, 2018 | Lisa Strid

2018 Harvest!

Hello out there!

I know you're all going to be asking how the harvest went before too long, so here's the update:

We brought in 75 tons this year - less than the past two years, but a nice manageable number of tons. 25% of that became white wine, 10% went to rose, and the remaining 65% was red.  And fun fact about the white wine -- that was entirely estate fruit!  Get ready for Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, and Malvasia Bianca from Turkey Creek.

The length of the harvest was just about the same as in years past, but started a bit earlier than last year.  I'd say from a picking perspective, this year was more challenging in years past-- we wound up dodging the monsoons a bit more during red season than we typically do, and had to postpone a few picks due to vines taking up too much water and diluting the fruit.  And as for the whites, we picked the Viognier earlier than we typically would due to sunburn.  That's right - fruit can get sunburned just like humans.

One of the most exciting aspects of the vintage, for me, was that we got our cellar centrifuge up and running.  I'll be doing a longer post on this, but what this means is that we were able to improve our yields quite a bit and free up much needed fermentation tank space much more quickly than we have in the past few harvests.  In subsequent years when we're back up to higher incoming tonnage, this will be a huge boon to us.  I can't wait to keep using it.

Those are the highlights!  Well, the wines are the highlights, but you'll just have to wait for those.  ;)


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