The wines are currently finishing their secondary fermentation (Malolactic fermentation) which is a slow process that occurs in the oak barrels where the wine is currently resting. This secondary fermentation helps to soften and stabilize the wine. After the secondary fermentation, the wine will continue to age in the oak barrels until August when it will be bottled.
During malolactic fermentation, the wine makes an audible bubbling noise while in barrel. Here our winemaker, Alex, listens in on a French barrel filled with juice from Lillie’s Vineyard.
We are currently very happy with how the wines are tasting and are excited to watch them grow and evolve over the next 7 months prior to bottling. The outstanding quality of fruit was a big part of this, but what was equally important was the help of the harvest crew who picked the great grapes and also safely and swiftly transported them to the winery.
We are trying to work out a time to have a futures tasting so that everyone can see the wines in the infancy.
Thank you all again for your continued help and support.