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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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Today's job was to filter the luscious 2014 red wine in preparation for bottling. This is going to be a great wine. But it will need 10 years resting quietly in the cellar before it reaches its full potential. 
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We're giving our 700 Italian Alders a Spring hair cut.
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We are busy winter prunning during the short, cold days of January. This is when we decide how many bunches of grapes we want on the plant next season. We use the 'double Guyot' trellising system and prune to give 16 bunches of grapes per plant. That's 3 bottles of wine from each of our 7,000 vines.  
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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 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.
Fleming Road, Staple, Canterbury CT3 1LG
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We've been having great fun entertaining a selection of Hen Parties in recent weeks.  
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Its looking spick-and-span down on the vineyard. A good start to the 2015 season.
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The end of winter pruning. Its the very best bit of the annual cycle. Four hard months out there in the cold, snip, snip, snipping away. But now its done and its time to relax and to enjoy the warm spring sunshine. Here's Sally transporting some of the cuttings to the burning point. We will burn 30 tonnes of old canes to reduce the risk of disease this season.
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This week, we had 6 foot of trunk lopped off of 230 trees. The wood will be seasoned for 2 years, then logged. This wood will feed our log burning stove and keep us warm over a couple of winters.
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Fleming Road Staple Canterbury CT3 1LG, United Kingdom
Fleming Road, StapleGBCanterburyCT3 1LG
+44 7772 300511barnsole.co.uk
VineyardToday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am – 5:00 pmTuesday 11:00 am – 5:00 pmWednesday 11:00 am – 5:00 pmThursday 11:00 am – 5:00 pmFriday 11:00 am – 5:00 pmSaturday 11:00 am – 5:00 pmSunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
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 the winemaker for a small fee. The tour includes a talk about English wine, the vines that we use and a look at the wine making process, finishing with a tasting of the wines we have for sale. Wine is sold exclusively from the winery door.
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