“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.
“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.
Post Fermentation Maceration Begins! Pushing for Wine Yumminess!
Cap is looking might close to going over this am! I wish my assistant winemaker wouldn’t splash whilst bathing in the wine! We’ve run a barrel of free run off for barrel fermentation with about 15% of the alcoholic fermentation to go. Post Fermentation Maceration Explained – Gotta Keep Pushing! Check out what happened from Day 11-14
Stalks! Stalks! Stalks! WINE DECODED Bathtub Winemaking Project Day 6 Tannin Management
We’re still focusing on tannin for the WINE DECODED Bathtub Winemaking Project. This time it’s all about giant teabags … full of stalks, not, tea! Just like the seeds stalks contain tannins, flavours and aromas that we want to guide and layer into the wine. Check the “teabags” and a detailed walk through steep the biggest teabag you’ll ever see in the video.
Bathtub Winemaking Project Day 5 – Working on Tannin!
Today’s one of the peak days during fermentation. Where about half way through now. The yeast are moving fast, sugar is dropping quickly, heat is being generated and alcohol levels increasing. It’s time to focus on tannin. This video explores some of the tannin management I’m doing this year taking a look at skins, seeds and stalks.
Vintage 2015 Part 2: Time to Pick our Yarra Valley Cabernet – Filthy Good Vino Bathtub Winemaking Project
Beautiful day to pick our Cabernet for the WINE DECODED Bathtub Winemaking Project! We’ll be posting regular updates taking you through the winemaking process step by step for Vintage 2015.