Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Good old mould.

These Semillon grapes are looking good, or rather bad - which is a good thing when they are destined to become a late harvest wine.  This Coombsville vineyard is the source of Semillon grapes for Far Niente's Dolce, a delicious late harvest blend of the aforementioned grape and Sauvignon blanc. 
It hasn't been the greatest growing season for late harvest wines.  It has actually been too warm and dry - there has been no rainfall in October.  Last week there was heavy ground fog nearly every day, which is a more desirable climatic condition for Noble Rot, but it may be too little, too late.  Last Tuesday, whilst driving to work, I did espy a vineyard crew working their way through the vineyard with 5 gallon buckets, no doubt making one of many picking passes, selecting only clusters that were showing a good dose of Botrytis cinerea.  I hear the Dolce harvest can last up to 6 weeks.  It's not a cheap wine, but it is a great tipple.


Dennis Tsiorbas said...

Vinogirl, Dolce, "soft and sweet", is such a beautiful word!
The relationship resembles a type of symbiosis just for us tipplers!

Thud said...

I wouldn't mind a go at that...or did we already try it?

Vinogirl said...

NHW: Ties in with the whole Far Niente thing (dolce far niente). Have you tried this wine?

Thud: I don't think you have had this. We shared a bottle of Grgich's Violetta once - also a late harvest, botrytised wine, but a blend of Sauvignon blanc, Riesling and Gewurztraminer.

Dennis Tsiorbas said...

Vinogirl, no, but that one and the Shafer Firebreak Dessert Wine are two I'd really love to find and tipple 8-)