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August 29, 2019

29th Aug 2019 @ 14:56 by Kristen

Harvest Has Officially Begun at Hawley Vineyard!

In the wee hours this morning, with the help of Clendenan Vineyard Management, we harvested and crushed our very first fruit of the season! Our 2019 Estate Viognier fruit, which is certified organic, is at the perfect sugar and pH levels for making into Sparkling Viognier!! For those of you who had the opportunity to try our first vintage of Sparkling Viognier last year, you're in for another treat even tastier! This time around we are whole-cluster pressing this fruit, which should lend to a better finessed wine. Whole-cluster pressing means that we are foregoing the standard steps of de-stemming and crushing the berries and, instead, simply pressing the entire clusters whole. It is a gentler approach and most often used when making high end, delicate white wines as the technique lends itself to less oxidation and astringency. Get more behind the scenes footage and updates throughout our harvest season by following #HawleyHarvest2019 and liking Hawley on Facebook!

CLICK HERE TO WATCH! Austin Hawley introduces the First Grapes of 2019 Harvest