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May 11, 2019

Hand Picking Late Harvest Riesling

This week at the winery we gathered team members from across our business to finish off harvest 2019 in style.

The last fruit left on our vines was a small amount of Riesling we kept on to make a Late Harvest wine. When you leave the grapes on the vine longer, they over-ripen, develop high sugar levels, and start to dehydrate. We picked this Riesling when it hit 41 brix, whereas normal Riesling is usually picked at around 22.5 brix. This results in a very sweet and concentrated grape juice when the fruit is pressed. Late harvest wines are usually enjoyed as dessert wines due to their high level of residual sugar.

Our broader team was super excited to lend a hand picking these grapes. We can't wait to see how this little experiment of ours turns out!