Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Racking

So after malo has wrapped up we've decided to rack the wine off of all the dead yeasts and other solids that have sunk to the bottom of the barrels. With pinot, a wine that is generally not served well by lots 'o oxygen, racking is "normally" only done two of three times (this is contrasted with a grape like syrah thought to benefit from a little more oxygen exposure). For the deux punx pinot we are now at racking number two of three. The first being just prior to starting malo, the second being just after malo and the third being right before bottling.

Dan is setting up the pump to rack out of the neutral barrel

The majority of the effort around racking is cleaning. Cleaning out the barrel, cleaning hoses, clean pails, cleaning the pump, cleaning anything that will have any exposure to the wine. This is quite possibly the most important single task (or series of tasks) in winemaking.

Yours truly getting out of moving the barrel by "documenting" moving the barrel while John and Dan do the heavy lifting


Sampling the wine during the racking process.

After the barrel is cleaned out we then pump the wine back into it

And the "hard work" is done. Until we're ready to bottle pretty much all we have left for the '08 pinot is periodic topping off and sampling.

3 comments:

dan-O said...

we should buy a fork lift off craigslist!

B-Muse said...

Marketing dept was supervising the documenting.

mr aaron said...

A forklift would be sweet. It's either a used foklift of grapes for '09.