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We've 'started' to riddle the sparkling wine from 2013. We can process 320 bottles at a time, each batch taking two weeks. They are then stored 'sur point' (up side down) awaiting 'disgorging' early next year.
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We're having fun with autumn colours and gearing-up for the launch of our first sparkling in may 2016.
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We're about to sell our last few bottles of the Silver award winning 2013 Kent Classic. Its been a great wine and I'm sorry to see it go. 
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The fruit is ripening. We are listening carefully to what the vineyard is telling us. This is the time when we start to plan the type of wines that we will make this season. A classic blend sparkling looks promising. That's perfect for our first crop of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Fleming Road, Staple, Canterbury CT3 1LG
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Its time to start getting the yeast out of the 2013 sparkling wine. We've placed some bottles into a 'pupitre' and will give them a twist every day for 30 days to work the yeast towards the neck. Then freeze the neck and fire out the ice plug with the yeast frozen within it.
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Sally and I have just returned from a study trip to Germany with 20 other English winemakers. Definitely worth a visit - quite refined. Whilst there, we experienced several new grape varieties (Dunkelfelder, Pinotin and Cabernet Blanc). They have been developed for organic wine growers. They are disease resistant and don't need spraying. Very interesting.
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Its wet, cold and autumnal. Lots of fruit remains unpicked with conditions getting the better of us. Sally and I have been out amongst the vines to check what can be harvested this weekend. Only the Chardonnay is surviving the damp conditions. The Rondo (pictured) will be left for the birds.
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We're whole bunch pressing Pinot Noir for our 2015 English Sparkling Wine. The grapes are pressed gently at 1.5 bar to extract only the best juice. After all the hard work growing the grapes, it hurts to discard the remaining juice. But it has to be done to achieve finesse in the final wine.
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Many thanks, we bought another bottle of the red at Gibsons Farm shop as a present, and it always helps to know the grapes. Www.illustriousbrighton.co.uk
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My Scare'm kite is guarding the grapes in the back vineyard. I move it to a different position every day to confuse the birds. Interestingly, it attracts other birds of prey (raptors) to the vineyard, increasing the effect. No berries lost so far with two weeks to go to harvest.
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Sam, Sally and I are bottling the 2014 sparkling wine. 18 grammes of sugar plus a pinch of yeast into each bottle of our 'Maidens Harvest' base wine. Then into the cellar for 18 months.
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Veriason. Our Pinot Noir and Rondo varieties have started to turn red. To achieve veraison on the 3rd August is signal that we will achieve good ripeness and tasty wines this season.
Fleming Road, Staple, Canterbury CT3 1LG
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Flowering has started in the vineyard - right on time. A faint whiff of pollen pervades the air. If we get a warm, dry and breezy few days, then we are set fair for a bumper crop.
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Fleming Road Staple Canterbury CT3 1LG, United Kingdom
Fleming Road, StapleGBCanterburyCT3 1LG
+44 7772 300511barnsole.co.uk
VineyardToday 11AM–4PM
Sunday 11AM–4PMMonday 11AM–4PMTuesday 11AM–4PMWednesday ClosedThursday 11AM–4PMFriday 11AM–4PMSaturday 11AM–4PM
Barnsole produce white, red and sparkling wines at our vineyard and winery near Canterbury. Visitors are welcome to look around and to enjoy a free tasting. Alternatively, we offer a one hour tour with one of the winemakers for a small fee. The tour includes a talk about English wine, the vines that we use and a look at the wine making processes. We finish with a tasting of the wines that we have for sale. Our wines are sold exclusively from the winery door.
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