Friday, June 11th, 2010...8:54 am

Racking of the 2010 Pinot and Chardonnay

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Last weekend we racked the wine. The malolactic fermentation is complete. The pH of the Pinot is now at 3.5. Its not quite fallen bright but we racked it into a clean variable stainless steel tank. I decided to add the egg white to the tank again this year, and gave it 60 ppm of potassium metabisulphite too, which is the first sulphite it has had. I am quite pleased with this one. The free run Pinot is quite light in colour, with classic berry flavours.

The Chardonnay is going to be good although its still slightly cloudy. Racked this and added bentonite and metabisulpite to this as well. It rather hard juggling glass carboys but we don’t quite have enough Chardonnay yet to use the variable stainless steel tanks that we can use for the Pinot Noir.

The vines are resing, they look very dry and depressed – its their winter time now. We are looking forward to pruning and waking them up again mid September.


  • Dear Mrs de Merode,

    I came across you web site and facinating it is to. I have been based in Kenya for eighteen months and work within the environmental and development sector. My other passion is wine and I have no affiliation with any wine company or organisation. I am however a Cape Wine Academy student and having completed my Certificate and Diploma qualifications I am currently working my way towards becoming (hopefully) a Cape Wine Master. I teach wine classes here in Nairobi and write a little about wine on my blog I first read about your families wine exploits in the John and Erica Platter book Africa Uncorked. I would really enjoy making contact and even perhaps visiting your vineyard. I am also a bit of a Pinot lover and would enjoy swaping tales abot this elusive grape. The Ol Choro Onyore vinyard must be one of the world’s more exotic Pinot growing ventures.


    Peter Tilley

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