Birds&Bats Wine Productions - Wines of Momentary Destination
Firstly, Happy New Year! Hope all your prospects for 2014 come to fruition. There's plenty up Birds&Bats' sleeves. But I can't tell you, as it would ruin the surprise.
Tomorrow Birds&Bats return to Germany for the final stages of the Riesling production. Oh, sorry, you didn't even know they'd returned? Of course you didn't! Because I'm not being very good at blogging (see previous blogs for excuses).
Well, they returned to Blightly for Christmas and the new year, to catch up with family and re-kindle their friendships. They made it only just in time, though. Passport issues for Bats meant a last minute dash across three countries and onto Le Shuttle, just making it back in time for tea on Christmas Eve.
The Landy made it back with out a hitch, thanks to an enthusiast in Kröv identifying a lack of oil in the gear box and axle joints, which turned out to be no oil at all! She ran pretty smoothly after that. However, the clutch fork decided to malfunction on NYE, but that's another blog entirely....!
So, I guess you should be filled in with what's happening. Have we even revealed the name of the wine yet? No!? Ok. So the name of the new Riesling is a bit spooky sounding and, well, spooky things have happened since staying in Germany, so it's relatively fitting. I'll save the actual ghost story for when the label is finished and do a big old reveal then. The label is coming along nicely and we should have something to feast your eyes in a couple of weeks.
Before B&B left for England they blended the three separate wines together to create the final wine (Ta-Da!). The vino needs some time to settle down and for the flavours to develop so B&B can work on the final tweaks and get the final analysis results. We know the alcohol content is lower than first predicted and wanted, but that fits in with current trends I suppose! The oak flavour comes through very well. Just enough to make you think, "Hmmm, what's that interesting flavour? It's bloody flavourful, this 'ere wine." The wine is fresh and rounded and with slightly more weight than a Mosel Riesling typical of the area. Birds&Bats are satisfied with the results and are looking forward to getting it bottled.
Of course, you've not forgotten about the gin? I'm sure that's the only reason you're reading this blog, right? Who wants to know about wine deacidification when they can anticipate the arrival of the new gin on the block?!
The gin was conceived early this year and is ready and waiting for bottles. Tasting pretty, pretty, pretty........pretty good, we are now working on the label design to blow all other labels out of the bar back. Coming soon to a bar near you!