What's Next Now that Harvest is Over

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That's it, that's all for Harvest 2010. Now, we party... RSVP for our Winter Open House

It's all over for the 2010 harvest. It went something like this...starting on September 1 those precious little berries were hand plucked from our vines and placed into small baskets for a short tractor ride back to the winery. Within 20 minutes they were passed into the hands of the sorting table crew for careful inspection, only the healthiest of bunches made it into our fermenting tanks. In the case of Pinot Noir, yet more hands were involved. They received gentle hand plunging, up to four times a day, in order to coax more colour and flavour from the stubborn skins. This grape maybe known as the 'heartbreak grape', but our winemaker is a sort of Casanova of the Pinot world (more on harvest from Ross below). Thankfully, our hearts are still intact as Ross has safely ushered the Pinot into barrel to elevate into the best possible expression that the season, and our fine vineyard location, has to offer.

I want to extend my sincere thanks to our harvest crew, in a little over a month they deftly transformed our 80 acres of Estate vineyards into fine wine - with their bare hands! So, this calls for a celebration. We'd like to invite you to join us for our Winter Open House. On November 20 we'll open our doors and bring you a little deeper into our world. And, as I'm sure you've come to anticipate, we have something new and exciting to share - we're going Rogue!

The Rogue Open House
Saturday, November 20 @ 6:30pm
More Rogue details to come
Please RSVP with Tracey at office@flatrockcellers.com.

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A Word from the Wise
Ross Wise, Winemaker

The 2010 harvest is now officially over, at least from a vineyard perspective. All the grapes are off the vines, but the winemaking has just begun. All the 2010 Pinot Noir and Chardonnay is now in barrel, and the Rieslings are happily and slowly fermenting away in tank. Overall the quality looks really good for all of our varieties, and it will be interesting to see these wines grown from the ‘hot’ season develop. Harvest started the day after we finished bottling the 2009 Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. I recently had my first chance to have a look at these wines in bottle, and we are already seeing some great results. All the wines, although still young, are showing great fruit intensity and balance, and look like they will be wines that will continue to evolve and develop complexity for many years.


Ross on 2009 Estate Pinot

Watch a video clip of Ross discussing his recently bottled 2009 Estate Pinot Noir.

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