Harvest is here!
Freddy and his crew are hard at work picking some beautiful fruit. First was the Albariño used for our vinho verde style white wine. Picked at 19.2 brix and 3.23 pH., this fruit has ripened a little early. Luckily cool mornings have ensured that the fruit will not ‘cook’ in the macro bins while they are waiting to be received at the winery. Upon completion of the Verde-style harvest, Freddy and his crew turned their focus to picking the rest of the Albariño at Hollin Vineyards. This fruit has a brighter more yellow color indicating that it's riper than the Locksley Albariño. Next week we are expecting to harvest the Viognier, which is beginning to ripen earlier than usual as well. To ensure full ripeness and quality, we will be tasting the fruit with Jenni. For the perfect ripeness we will be looking for a “ripe cantaloupe” flavor. This is essential for our barrel fermented Viognier.
As always, Freddy and his crew are doing amazing work in the vineyard. They start early in the mornings, taking advantage of the climate here in Northern Virginia, and capitalizing on every opportunity to bring in the best fruit Chrysalis Vineyards can grow.