Every year, to maximise the quality of our Pinot, we severely strip shoots and bunches. But vines are philoprogenitive as buggery: kill their babies and they strike back. We ask our long suffering pickers not to pick ‘secondary’ bunches and until recently getting on for a tonne of these relatively unripe grapes has been left for the crows. But stone the crows. Why not pick the secondaries once they reach 12% sugar and make Rose out of them?

We tried it last year and it worked. We did it again this year and the stuff sold out within a month. Is there a lesson here?

Under the Liquor control Act 1988 it is an offence: To sell or supply liquor to a person under the age of 18 years on licensed or regulated premises; or For a person under the age of 18 years to purchase, or attempt to purchase, liquor on licensed or regulated premises. Licence Number:  36112766, Class of Licence:  Producer’s Licence

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