Nikki at RedHeads – the vintage continues

Harry RIP, the smell of the ferment and a new skill

Ah, poor little mouse, found it dead … thankfully on the floor, not in any vat. I reckon he (Harry) went happily, drunk having munched the odd fermenting grape that managed to find its way onto the ground.

mouse 2

Harry is there, but I didn’t want to zoom in too close – disrespectful and all that

Maybe we could name a wine vintage after him – Return of Harry, the Dead Mouse? Actually, I’m not too keen on any rodents, but I didn’t do it!

Plunging the cap … according to grape

I feel I now have a grasp of what character to expect of each of the 32 vats – according to grape variety anyway, not of regionality. Grenache is lighter red in colour, sharper red fruit notes and reasonable size berries. The newly fermenting Shiraz from the vineyards around The Studio is a deep purple-black, with lively bright purple foam (it’s quite lively right now) and smelling of creamy toffee and blackberry.

foaming shiraz

The newly fermenting Shiraz from the vineyard surrounding RedHeads. Wonderful deep purple colour and smelling heavenly of creamy toffee/blackberry

Both the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Durif are very small, concentrated berries, the Durif being the darkest and most intense, with strong blackcurrant, dark chocolate and eucalyptus aromas; the Cab is more of a purple red, tiny berries (Dan likes them that way), again cassis and mint, but a bit more subtle.


Durif (above) is in fact darker than the Shiraz and has powerful blackcurrant, dark chocolate and spice notes – quite delicious

New skill

The afternoon’s excitement was measuring all the PH levels of the different vats. No white coats involved, but a small, but sensitive measuring instrument.

measuring ph

The PH of each vat has to be measured and logged regularly with this little machine

About Laithwaites Wine

Laithwaite's began in 1969, when Tony Laithwaite took a job washing bottles in Bordeaux... and fell in love with real wine and the people who make it. When he borrowed a van to share these delicious wines with friends and neighbours at home, things went so well that boutique wineries were soon queuing to take part. Today we're the UK's No.1 home-delivery wine merchant, with over 1,500 wines to choose from... including red, white and rosé, plus Champagne and sparkling, beer and cider.