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Wednesday, 17 August 2011 12:48

2011 Sauvignon Blanc Harvest

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Written by Ruth Simpson
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Sauvignon Blanc 16th of August, 2011 Second in the picking order as usual is Sauvignon Blanc.  We pick it early to get the best possible varietal character in what is usually a cooler climate grape.  We’re looking for fresh, green, almost herbaceous flavours for the first pick.  Sweeter, fruit flavours come a little later, but we can’t leave it too long.   If you pick this variety too late it loses all interesting flavour, becoming flat and flabby! The first two picks resulted in juice at around 10.4 on the refractometer, which will ferment to dry at just over 11% alcohol. …
Friday, 12 August 2011 13:50

2011 Chardonnay Harvest

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Chardonnay 12th of August, 2011 The first grape variety to ripen at Sainte Rose is always the Chardonnay.  As it was for our first vintage in 2002, so it was for this, our 10th harvest. Maybe it is the terroir, maybe it is the aspect, maybe it is a combination of the two in conjunction with our wonderful sunny climate here in the south of France!  Regardless, as soon as the berries turn golden and assuming the weather is kind, the Chardonnay is first into the winery and the juice becomes the first fermentation of the year. On the 11th…
Tuesday, 09 August 2011 15:20

Picking While Beziers Parties!

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Written by Ruth Simpson
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Picking while Beziers parties! For a lot of our neighbours, friends and aquaintences in this area the biggest party of the year is approaching.  It is the Feria in Beziers, a very Occitan/Spanish celebration that surrounds the Corrida or bull fights, which are staged in the ancient stone arena in the centre of the town.  Beziers shares this heritage with other southern French towns such as Nimes and Arles, where the Spanish influence is very strong.   Thursday 11th August is the start of the celebrations. The team at Sainte Rose will however be celebrating quite a different event on Thursday…
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