It’s been really quiet around here this week. Easter weekend turned into a bit of speed bump. Good Friday is a mandatory holiday in Chile. Our fruit is generally scheduled to be picked on Friday so that we can crush first thing Saturday morning. We tried to shift the harvest to Thursday, but it just didn’t happen, and no one was picking on Friday. We thus did not receive any fruit over the weekend. We used the down time to catch up on the backload of dry lots waiting to be pressed out and to organize the winemaking facility somewhat. (There’s only so much we can do with barrels and bins everywhere.) Last week’s lots went dry over the weekend, so we have nothing fermenting this week. It’s rather nice to have short break before we pick up the pace again.
We are about two-thirds of the way through the vintage at this point. We still have to bring in all the Cabernet and a bit of Syrah. We’ll receive an extra load of Cab tomorrow to try to make up for the brief lull. We should have about three more weekends of picking before we’re through. So far, the fermentations have all gone smoothly–only one lot got a little hot, and they’ve all gone dry. The wine quality looks very good at this point. Can’t wait to see what the Cab looks like tomorrow!