Bathing in it is good for you, and Le Chai’s Mark lends a hand
As I bucketed out my third coffin container (I found out they hold about 2.5 tonnes of fruit – sounds a lot to me!) this morning – smelt nice, so I wasn’t complaining – Mark H, winemaker from Bordeaux, came up and said “in Bordeaux, in Smith Haut Lafite to be precise, they pay a lot of money to bathe in this stuff” … that is the grape juice and skins etc. And I was getting it for free! And I wasn’t bathing in it either, by the way!
Having enjoyed such a warm, sunny weekend, today’s very cold (about 9°) temperatures were a bit of a shock. Much more like home. Oh : (
However, it’s been great today to have Mark Hoddy from our Bordeaux winemaking headquarters, Le Chai au Quai, assisting at RedHeads. It really helped us get through the pressing.
And that was lucky as the afternoon involved a bomb over in the Ute to the McLaren Vale, to do a quick tasting. I was keen to take another look at the McLaren – I haven’t been there for 20 years. Prettier, more hilly than the Barossa, with the vines on slopes. Altogether it has smaller feel.
On the way we stopped at the Erkhart vineyard from which Dan is hoping to pick up some Cabernet. And the berries were still tiny and nowhere near ripe. It’s flipping cold too, until the weekend they say, so not much prospect of that this side of Easter.
No chance of scenic shots …. Dan was driving fast. I could have got a shot of Hahnsdorf town as we stopped there – silly me. It’s extremely Germanic in every way. No surprise as the first settlers were from there. Of course, we had to sample a stein of beer.
Only one day to go : (