Winemaking Excellence – Fruit Sorting & Destemming at Yabby Lake with Tom Carson
Making exceptional wine takes thought and patience. Every step of the winemaking process presents you with a choice. In the winery, it begins when the fruit arrives. ?
Watch as Pinot Noir from Yabby Lake’s Block 2 is sorted by hand & some seriously impressive cutting edge machinery!
“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!
Winemaker Sessions #2 Pete Schell – Spinifex Wines, Barossa Valley
Pete Schell from Spinifex Wines in the Barossa Valley, South Australia, dropped by Wine Decoded HQ to talk all things Vinous.He’s making some of the funniest wines coming out of the Barossa and has definitely been a leader in making fresher, yummy wines with real personality from the Barossa.
“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!
Winemaker Sessions #1 Peter Cowley, TeMata Estate, Hawkes Bay
Peter Cowley from TeMata Estate in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, dropped into Wine Decoded HQ to shoot the breeze last week.
Turns out he knows a thing or two about making Filthy Good Vino.
We talked Hawkes Bay, Possums, Art Decco and mostly, vino, taking a look at 8 of his wines.
“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.
Passopisciaro 2013 Contrade (Single Vineyard Wines), Nerello Mascelese from Etna on the Tasting Bench
The release of the Contrade (Single Vineyard Wines) from the Passopisciaro Estate in Etna, Sicily is always a highlight each year. These stunning wines made from Nerello Mascelese are intriguing pleasure festas in the glass! Below are thoughts on the 2013’s and an article published last year on Passopisciaro and the 2012 Contrade.
“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.