Bathtub Winemaking Project Day 20 Racking Bathtub Shiraz V17
Alcoholic fermentation has finished and the Bathtub Winemaking Project Shiraz has been pressed and is now resting in either tank or barrel.
Malolactic fermentation has started converting malic acid to the softer lactic acid. We need to start raising the wine, the process of élévage begins.
Pressing Time – The Shiraz is Heading out of the Bathtub & Into the Basket Press – Bathtub Winemaking Project Day 14
We’ve been working hard on the Shiraz in the Bathtubs to get the texture just right!
Now one of the critical steps … pressing! Get it wrong & all that work will be for naught.
Buggy Moving Ferments are Cranking – Bathtub Winemaking Project Day 11 Episode 1
Guiding ferments during the peak of ferment requires wisdom & agility.
There is an infinite number of actions you can take & an equal number of things that can go wrong!
“Squishing Shiraz Samples” Wine Decoded Shiraz Vintage 16 Episode 01
After a false start, the WINE DECODED Bathtub Winemaking Project 2016 is GO!
Big Shout Out to Dylan McMahon for helping us find some yummy fruit to play with!
Yesterday we sampled Shiraz from a beautiful vineyard in Seville East on the edge of Gruyere in the Yarra Valley.
“The Big Crush” Wine Decoded Shiraz Vintage 16 Episode 02
The Wine Decoded Bathtub Winemaking Project Shiraz is in the house! Nothing Like a 38°C day to Shift 140 Buckets of Fruit into Bathtub Fermenters!
It’s crushing time!
Check out all the action as we crush our yummy fruit, transport it to Wine Decoded HQ and bucket it into our 3 bathtubs for fermentation!
“Whole Bunch Festa – Part II” Wine Decoded Shiraz Vintage 16 Episode 04
Checking the progress of the Whole Bunch Shiraz Ferment!
Time to taste all the different components, whole bunches, whole berries, crushed fruit & juice!
Then we’ll have a think about what we’ll do next!
“Daily Rituals in the Wine Decoded Tiny Winery! Morning Rounds!” Wine Decoded Shiraz Vintage 16 Episode 06
Daily Rituals in the Wine Decoded Tiny Winery!
Always Tasting! Always Thinking!
Watch 2hrs of Action Condensed into a little over 4mins with an Explanation from our Chief Wine Hacker, Paul!
“Stalks in Wine – Dunking the Biggest Teabag Ever!” Wine Decoded Shiraz Vintage 16 Episode 07
Stalks can impart an incredible spice into red wine adding intrigue!
They also add tannin, some times you want them in your wine, other times you need to remove them!
Watch as we remove stalks from our Yarra Valley Shiraz and explain what we were trying to achieve by using them!
“Pressing Time!” Wine Decoded Shiraz Vintage 16 Episode 08
Choosing when to press a red wine, separating all the liquids from the solids is one of the critical points in making any wine.
It marks the end of one phase and the beginning of the next in the development of the wine.
“Post Fermentation Maceration” Wine Decoded Shiraz Vintage 2016 Episode 09
Post fermentation maceration is the process of leaving the skins, seeds and whatever other solids may be in a ferment to steep in the wine after the alocholic fermentation has finished.
Watch on to learn about what it can do to the aroma, flavour and texture of a wine.
“Getting Extra Yumminess into the Bathtub Shiraz! Why We Age it in Oak & Tank?” Wine Decoded Shiraz Vintage 16 Episode 10
In the latest episode of the Bathtub Winemaking Project we talk Oak vs Tank.
How does the vessel you mature your wine in change it?
What are we looking for and trying to achieve?
“Crystal Clear – Just how do we get a wine to sparkle in the glass without filtering it?” Wine Decoded Shiraz Vintage 2016 Episode 11
In the latest episode of the Bathtub Winemaking Project we talk about Natural Sedimentation for unfiltered wine. What’s it all about? How does it work?
“Wacky Racky Time … Ghetto Style!” Wine Decoded Shiraz Vintage 2016 Episode 12
It’s time to Rack the Wine Decoded Bathtub Shiraz! Decanting it out of tank and barrel removing anything that has settled to the bottom and introduce a little bit of oxygen to help the wine develop.
Squishing Time! Firing Up the Basket Press for the WINE DECODED Bathtub Cabernet
The first and only press for Vintage 2015 is done and dusted! The WINE DECODED Bathtub Winemaking Cabernet was squished a few weeks ago, after 24 days on skins. The perfume and earthiness I was looking for have arrived. The texture has lengthened, developed beautifully and is looking good.