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Crush 2011 – Part 3 – Estate Norton

We finished our third and final harvest for the year. The norton grapes here on the vineard have had a really hard time this year. Not only have we had a record breaking summer with so far over 44 straight days over 100 degrees, but it is the worst drought on record for Waco, . . . → Read More: Crush 2011 – Part 3 – Estate Norton

How pH effects color of wine

Last year I mentioned how beautiful the color of the wine/must was during fermentation. As you can see from this picture, it turned out a beautiful claret color. I my opinion, just beautiful. Now the pH of the grapes last year was 3.55-3.6.

If you want to read about the colors from last . . . → Read More: How pH effects color of wine

August 2011 – New Winery Equipment

With the amount of grapes increasing every year, and in turn the amount of wine produced increases, we have made a couple of purchases this year.

Inexpensive Grape Lugs

When you are lugging 20 lbs of grapes in a 5 gallon bucket around the vineyard, it is not so bad, but when you multiply . . . → Read More: August 2011 – New Winery Equipment

Estate Norton Grapes 2011

We are getting ready to harvest our Norton/Cynthania grapes this coming weekend. I thought I would take a few snapshots and a quick video to show off the grapes. They are looking really good and are getting ripe. Right now they are at 21 Brix and climbing. Climbing rather rapidly with this heat. . . . → Read More: Estate Norton Grapes 2011

Crush 2011 – Part 2 – Shiraz and Norton

The harvest season is now half-way over. This year we harvested 250 lbs of Shiraz and 250 lbs of Norton from Salado. Due to the harsh summer with very little rain and extreme temperatures, I was at first afraid for the grape vines. They have been suffering for two months in heat and drought . . . → Read More: Crush 2011 – Part 2 – Shiraz and Norton