Birds&Bats Wine Productions - Wines of Momentary Destination
So, Birds&Bats had to leave France before their wine. Due to a few communication issues and the French laisezz faireattitude, our collection date was arranged a day late, when no one was available to receive the truck. So it got pushed back a few days and provided Birds with a whole new dose of anxiety to deal with. However, the British shipping company that we used were on it like white on rice and sorted us out with new freight hauliers, who arrived on the following Monday and got the wine back to us on the Thursday.
Whilst Birds&Bats were waiting for the ‘fuse’ to get home, they got to work sorting out its new room, namely a section of the cellar under the house where Birds lives (not a wooden one attached to a tree, in someone's garden, I might add) in South West London. After clearing some floor space and laying down a carpet (yes, a carpet. The wine deserves it!), a neat little cranny was ready for the imminent arrival of the wine boxes.
Early on the Thursday a moany old delivery driver showed up with the wine. Moaning about the traffic, moaning about the weight of our shipment, moaning about not being insured to put the pallet anywhere else but the pavement (after we asked if he could push them onto the drive way). Jeeze…
He was the second person from the hauliers to ask if we were importing bird and bat toys. Considering the weight of a pallet and a half of wine, I wonder if he considered what our ‘toys’ were made out of? Concrete, obviously.
He stopped moaning once we gave him a cup of tea and proceeded to get the pallets off the truck. Why he thought it would be a good idea to park up the kerb is beyond me, and Birds&Bats had to act as ballast as he attempted to get the pallet off the tail lift, at a very sketchy angle!
It was back, the hard work was done, Birds&Bats had done it!
From what started out as an idea only a few months ago in July, our winged crusaders had sourced, produced, designed, argued, deliberated, negotiated, researched, registered, worried, celebrated, worked, rested, paid out, put up with, put down, span around and shamelessly self promoted on the usual social media outlets to get this project up and running, and fast. We’ve popped-up and we’re staying.
The wine itself has displayed a profound robustness to the trauma of being filtered, bottled and shipped, displaying no ‘bottle-shock’ symptoms at all and is tasting as good as it did in tank prior to bottling. Birds&Bats have received some excellent feedback on the wine so far from friends and profs alike and they are feeling very proud of themselves. To avoid filling your heads with pre-conceived ideas of what we want you to think the wine tastes like, Birds&Bats are not going to provide a ‘tasting note’.
There may be some small differences between bottles (this is an organic evolving product, remember), different temperatures at which it is drunk, various foods and aromas involved and all the other million or so influences on taste and perception that make the wine taste as it does. So telling you that it tastes like strawberries and cream is not much help when all you can taste is cherries on leather (this isn't reflective of the 'fuse' by the way!).
What we would like to say is that this is a wine that is a true reflection of its varietal. It was deemed so representative of the Syrah grape that the French authorities said that we could slap the word ‘Syrah’ all over our label if we wanted to. This is a wine by design. We had time and production limits and we made the best wine we could with what we had. We are very pleased with the result. So, what Birds&Bats would like from you lot, is to get back to us with your tasting notes and your impressions of the wine. It’s the most honest way to get a true reflection of what we have done and to provide you lot yet to try it, with a better idea of what you are about to drink. (Any feedback along the lines that it ‘tastes like doo-doo’ will not be published, unless backed up with reasons and humorous anecdotes.)
Once again, Birds&Bats have to thank all those that helped and supported us in our some-what bird (and bat) brained idea. The support and encouragement from friends, family and profs in the trade has certainly kept our sails filled and we look forward to hearing everyone’s feedback.
We now have two official stockists in England and the prospects of the ‘fuse’ being on the shelves and lists of other such establishments is becoming a reality in Brighton and other London venues soon.
What now? What’s next for Birds&Bats?? Well, we can now tell you that they are heading over to Germany next year to a little known place called the Mosel. Heard of it? Apparently they make some white wine called Riesling? It’s meant to be good….