Harvest 2008-October 16th

Last days to hangroses still bloomingBlackberriesWadenswil clusterTonka 777picking bins ready

First time for everything.  We picked our whole vineyard-Pelos Sandberg on the same day this year:  Thursday October 16th with the exception of 12 rows of Iota’s Yiayia block Pommard that were hand picked late Wednesday October 15th by myself, Don, Pappou and Karen (my sister out to help for the big day)…  We pulled in over 14 tons total shared between Bergstrom Winery, Rex Hill and Iota Cellars.  No we did NOT add blackberries to the bins, but as you can see from the photo, those could be harvested, too.

Was a light year yield wise, but fruit looked and tasted great at the sorting table.  Averaged 24 brix which isn’t bad for such a late ripening year.  We sorted late into the night of harvest day and have 4 fermentors going with a nice mix of our younger and older fruit.  Another vintage underway for Iota, our third.  We look forward to sharing the results with all of you and will keep you updated on the progress throughout the process.  Our exciting time of year is upon us once again! 

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