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NEWS FROM THE VINEYARD
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EPITOME Malbec 2016 is in the bottle!

FEBRUARY 8th, 2017 was a busy day for EPITOME.  The mobile bottling plant rolled up to the winery and 4 1/2 hours later our EPITOME Malbec 2016 was in their new homes - Bottles. While 2016 was a difficult year in the vineyard the grapes have rewarded us with an exceptionally balanced and ripe fruit flavour. Blackberry, raspberry, plum with black pepper and a hint of chocolate round out the flavour profile. So Good. The 2016 wine enjoys a long finish and the tannins while still young are already smooth, velvety and promise to age and improve the wine. 
VÉRAISON
"Véraison" is the term used when red grapes such as Malbec which start out as green turn red and soften. This is always an exciting time in the vineyard and véraison started the first week of February this year. The picture above is a cluster of Malbec grapes and shows the process. Once all the grapes have completed véraison the vines can focus on producing sugar and ripening the grapes. Véraison is a happy time for us because it means harvest is only two to three months away.
GREEN HARVEST
We had a frost after bud break in November 2016. It did not harm the clusters but it did fool the vines into thinking they should start again. The result is the green less mature clusters seen above. This week we are doing what we call a green harvest. We are removing the clusters that are not as mature (the green grapes above) to allow the vines to produce fewer grapes but better grapes.  The green clusters are left on the vineyard floor to nourish future grapes.

 

 
More photos of Bottling February 2017 please visit www.epitomevineyard.com
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