With the final crates of Chardonnay from the 2018 harvest being tipped into our presses, we can finally draw breath. This has been the most incredible harvest we, and everyone else in the English wine industry, has ever seen. After 29 days of pressing (we normally have around 15) all the tanks in our winery, plus a very large new shiny one outside the winery, are full to the brim and bubbling away. This year we have picked more than the last three harvests put together and then doubled. But it has not just been big, sugar levels this year have been the best we have ever seen – thanks of course to the glorious 2018 weather. If you enjoyed the weather this year, just wait till you taste the wines it produced – they will be spectacular.
Way back at the start of the harvest we held two of our popular Wine Club Harvest Days. Members were treated to coffee and pastries on arrival before moving out to the vineyard to pick grapes. After some not too exhausting “work”, everyone came back for a delicious hot lunch. This was cooked by our local caterer, Bea at Holway Kitchen, and included the most amazing plum crumble. Seemingly very simple, but a touch of cinnamon turned it into something glorious. Our intrepid members then agreed to be the very first Furleigh Estate Foot Pressers. Around a dozen feet were pressed into service squashing grapes to release the juice – see photo for the evidence. Those taking part reported the sensation as “very pleasant – almost like a Spa treatment”! We are thinking of launching a special cuvée called something like “Pied Pressé”. Maybe not!
Congratulations go to Wine Club member Janet Dodds who won our special tickets to the George Millar Literary Dinner. This is being held in the Symondsbury Manor Tithe Barn as part of the Bridport Literary Festival of which we are proud to sponsor. Janet is travelling from Wales to come and hear Jonathan Powell speak at the dinner – we hope she has a great evening.
Jane Macquitty, wine critic of The Times, did recommend our wine earlier this year, but now we are in that other illustrious publication The Bridport Times. Look out for the December issue to see Ian and I looking slightly nervous on the day before harvest was due to start. Little did we know how it was going to turn out.
All the best
Furleigh Estate: 31st Oct 2018 11:03:00