Monday, July 11, 2011

Sauvignon Blanc 2011 - Last updated 7/21/11

What a disappointment!  After last year's great Sauvignon Blanc harvest, this one was a big disappointment.  The poor vines had a hard time all year.  First, they had quite a bit of winter damage and then they took a huge hit with bird predation.  They might have been able to handle all that, but the rain that came last Sunday was the final blow.  All the grapes that were ripe started to rot. 

There was nothing to do but pick them this morning.  Every day we were losing more grapes to rot and it's not a pretty thing. 

When all was said and done, we picked about 112 pounds of grapes and probably lost at least three pounds to rot.  We have approximately 6 1/2 gallons of juice.  Aside from quantity, the numbers look good.  Although the sugar level is low, the acid is perfect so Stanley should have some low alcohol, tasty white wine.  There just won't be very much of it.  I don't think this would be a good time for me to develop a taste for Sauvignon Blanc.

112 pounds of grapes
6 1/2 gallons of juice
Brix 19
Acid 7.5

Juice had been fermenting in a jug surrounded by water being cooled with the magic cooler.  Stanley determined that fermentation was complete.  He removed the jug from the cold water and almost immediately, it began bubbling again. 

No more bubbles.  We racked the wine into one five gallon jub and a 1/2 gallon jug.  It is in the refrigerator.

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