Bottling the 2015!
While we did sell most of our grapes last year, we kept a little for us to do a few more ‘test’ batches before the big official harvest this fall. We tried different yeasts and fermentation techniques and while some of our trials were misses, some turned out to be real hits!
For example, our L’Acadie turned out even better than last year! With a little older vines, the wine is more balanced, offering notes of green grass, honeysuckle, green apple, and citrus with an elegant minerality. The best, however, is our L’Acadie that underwent a malolactic fermentation. Malolactic fermentation is when the tart-tasting malic acid, naturally present in grape must, is converted to softer-tasting lactic acid. The end result is a more full, rounded, and creamy textured wine, adding another dimension to enhance its complexity. Here, notes of stone fruit emerged, along with honeysuckle, dried grass, and citrus. This one is definitely a winner and will be repeated again next year for sure!
As we intend to begin selling our wine next year, development of our marketing strategies have begun. One major marketing tool will be our wine label. We are in love with our logo and find it represents perfectly the clean, crisp elegance of our wines. We also decided that the aromatics of our wines lend well to the Alsacian bottle shape and so have chosen this bottle for our future still wines. Everything else, however, is still a work in progress.
While I am sure there will be many ‘mock-up’ labels to be made in the coming months, this is the first one that we’ve grown to really like. Although not seen in the picture, all the wine information runs along the side. While we still need to work on dispersing the leaves more elegantly… this is our first solid draft. It’s so exciting to see everything slowly, but surely, come together!