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Neil Bernardi - Vice President, Winemaking
 
September 14, 2016 | Neil Bernardi - Vice President, Winemaking

Sauvignon Blanc Press

We are rocking and rolling in the early phases of harvest, and are deep into our Sauvignon blanc. These grapes go straight to press, whole cluster. Manning the presses is an important task to ensure that the cycle is going smoothly, and that you are filling and emptying them efficiently. A cycle can last up to 3 hours, which makes for long days of processing. One key winemaking choice at this phase is how much air contact you want to allow. In the case of SB, we like to protect for oxygenation in the juice phase, and use dry ice in the press pan, hence the white smoke in this video.

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