2012 Vendemmia at San Polino from Katia
Well here we are again, four days into the harvest...incredible to think that another year has passed.
We’re a good team this year, all with our different roles:
|Matt and Luigi (Gigi)|
|Matt and Avni|
Paolo, a great guy from Montalcino, and Matt, our young, lovely Californian helper, lifting the full boxes in and out of the tractor and gently dropping the grapes, cluster by cluster into the de-stemmer.
Bianca and Susanna with the others in the fields picking while teasing and joking.
Altin, Alberto’s younger brother, filling in wherever necessary, on the tractor, smiling and generally being merry.
Katia, myself, in the winery, connecting the pumps, washing down the vats, sitting on top of them as the grapes come in to see that the consistency is right and that the vats don’t overflow, pumping the new wines over morning and evening……..and, of course, making sure that no-one goes hungry…..
The harvest has been surprising this year. The grapes are extraordinarily good, considering the rough ride they have had. Earlier in the summer we had come to expect a difficult harvest due to the dry winter and terrific heat from early June into late August, but, thank god, or whoever, it rained at the end of August/early September and the grapes were saved along with us.
We’re going to make some very wonderful wines, with great colour and an alcohol that will range from 13.5 to 14.7, just right. Early days, but that’s our prognosis. Watch out for San Polino Brunello di Montalcino 2012!!!!
I have my first morning off (semi, as I’m being called back work). With my hands blackened by the colour and tannins of the grapes I’m clacking away on my laptop at the kitchen table. I can hear the pump working in the winery under the living room. We still have 2.5 hectares (6 acres) to pick. We’ll start on the fields in front of the house this afternoon. I wish our kids were here, three of them plus a grandchild, but university terms unobligingly start before the harvest – a very inconsiderate decision on the part of the school authorities, don’t they know any better??
|Paolo got his head stuck in a vat|
The vats will explode into action one by one, and we’ll be taking turns at night duty for the next ten days or so making sure the bubbling grapes are kept control.
|Katia and Matt|
We are right bang in the middle of our 2012 harvest!!!!