Birds&Bats Wine Productions - Wines of Momentary Destination
Count down to bottling has well and truly begun. Two more days and the the bottles, corks and boxes will be delivered, then Birds and a little help from an Owl friend coming from England, will get stuck in.
Using the same manual bottling system as on the 'fuse' last vintage, which took almost 10 hours to get into bottle, bottling 'The Spectre' could take almost an entire 24 hours. Long ting. Birds has not yet informed the Owl of this fact yet....!
The wine has been filtered twice using diatomaceous earth (DE). First to remove the larger colloidal solids and yeast, then using finer DE to remove the smaller particles and bacteria. A final sterile filter will be used during bottling to make sure all the potential nasties are out.
The choice to use DE and not cellulose filter pads was due to the more gentle nature of DE filtration. Filter pads had the potential to remove more of the aromatic compounds and expose the wine to more oxygen.
The wine is tasting lovely now it's all polished up and constantly evolving at the moment. It seems to change in flavour with every tasting. Exciting stuff. The potential of 'The Spectre' to evolve in the bottle is big and Birds+Bats are filled with anticipation of what it will turn into. O' the joys of being a winemaker.