Viognier: bottling Group 5’s for our presentation

Did you miss me these last few weeks?  About Thanksgiving I began to feel rotten, by the end of the first week of December it was quite evident I was really sick – with pneumonia.  I will catch up the end of my Fall Quarter, wrapping up our Viognier presentation now, talking about picking and pressing frozen grapes for ice wine and my experience writing a take home final over this week.

Better shot of the filter, the wine filters through the plates at the back.
Better shot of the filter, the wine filters through the plates at the back.
From the carboy, through the filter and into the bottle.
From the carboy, through the filter and into the bottle.

Ah, Viognier, we were quite excited to get fabulous juice to work with.  Dwelly Jones Vineyards with melon and honeysuckle on the nose and honey and peach on the palate before we did anything.  Our ferment went smoothly and quickly and the carboy was topped and put away in the walk-in until we were ready for our presentation.  We saved

A bit of a head meant we had to be patient as it filled.
A bit of a head meant we had to be patient as it filled.

a liter of juice and didn’t end up using it as the finished wine didn’t need it.  Our wine didn’t get any oak, but the viognier we used to fill the carboy has been fermenting in oak tanks, which changed the wine drastically.  Mouth feel was enhanced, silky-smooth and all that.  But the aroma and palate didn’t fare as well.  Some of the melon, peach and floral receded to me – but by then I really didn’t have good faculties to taste with I was so sick.  Still a good wine that I would have been happy to put a label on and share.

An experienced brewer took on the bottling and sped up the process.
An experienced brewer took on the bottling and sped up the process.

Our hand bottling experience was quick and simple since we didn’t do very many bottles.  We used the crimped bottle caps as we weren’t keeping the bottles for any length of time; they were opened two days after sealing.

Our capped bottles of 2013 Dwelly Jones Viognier.
Our capped bottles of 2013 Dwelly Jones Viognier.
The glass on the right is our Viognier.
The glass on the right is our Viognier.

Each group had their wine judged by peers and faculty; we did a quick presentation of the life of the wine and steps we took before leaving the room to allow for the impartial judgements to be collected and tallied.  It was a great experience and a fun way to round out the quarter.

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