Vineyard & Winery
To say that harvest is upon us would be an understatement. This week began with prepping our macro bins and readying the crush pad to receive Albariño. Amid harvest prep, we finalized the blends for the upcoming bottling. I can proudly say that the upcoming bottling will be an exciting one. The 2018 Albariño is filled with tons of pineapple, lemon rind, and apricot flavors.
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.
As Jason noted last month, all the winemaking activity at this time of year is happening out in the vineyard. After fruit set, Fredi and his team turn their focus to canopy management. Canopy management requires manipulating the shoots, leaves, and fruit to create a healthy environment for the grapes to grow.
The big, exciting news this month is the announcement of our new Assistant Winemaker, Jake Blodinger! Jake comes to Chrysalis Vineyards from our neighboring state, North Carolina, where he decided to pursue winemaking after years of managing a fine dining restaurant
In May we finish making barrel purchase decisions for the upcoming vintage. Oak barrels are made to order and made by hand, so the lead time runs several months, especially if they are produced overseas. Oak barrels are an important part of wine production at Chrysalis Vineyards, so a lot of care is taken to ensure the flavor they impart is appropriate to the varieties of grapes we make wine from.
Spring is blending season and April will see us assembling the 2017 Norton Estate and 2017 Norton Locksley Reserve blends. Chrysalis grows Nebbiolo, Tannat, and Petit Verdot to provide tannic blending components for these wines. But blending can involve a lot more than deciding on the ratios of these components.
Spring cleaning is well underway, we’re taking the cellar apart and putting it back together again. Every piece of equipment is getting scrubbed and reevaluated for its role in the winemaking process. Every wine is getting a panel of chemical analyses performed. Indispensable in this role is the use of our spectrophotometer.