With harvest nearing the end the yields have come in lower across the board than normal, however the quality is still high.
The Touriga and Syrah are now in secondary fermentation or malolactic fermentation. Malolactic fermentation is the natural process that converts sharper malic acid (found in green apples) into softer lactic acid (found in milk). Annie got a chance to taste the 2010 Touriga today and said that it has a nice fruit forward flavor and rich dark color.
On Monday, Stephen will be processing the Cabernet Franc and harvest will be coming to a close soon thereafter. The only fruit left to harvest is the Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Chambourcin, and Norton. Harvest is a great time of year to visit Keswick Vineyards as we often have the grapes that are being harvested in the tasting room for you to enjoy! So come out and see us before harvest season is over and enjoy the weather and the fun of harvest at Keswick!