2014 first load of Riesling is in the tank

2014 Riesling crush crew - at least those of us present and not behind the camera - for Lagana Cellars.
2014 Riesling crush crew – at least those of us present and not behind the camera – for Lagana Cellars.
First filling of the press with the new shute; waning daylight.
First filling of the press with the new shute; waning daylight.
It is difficult to get the grapes into the press so we had to get a bit creative with our technique. No bladder presses were harmed in the making of this Riesling.
It is difficult to get the grapes into the press so we had to get a bit creative with our technique. No bladder presses were harmed in the making of this Riesling.
Dawn's turn foot-stomping the second press load of Riesling.
Dawn’s turn foot-stomping the second press load of Riesling.
Moon is way up, lights are inadequate, but we are still crushing Riesling.  Probably the last night crush in shorts, it got pretty cold cleaning up.
Moon is way up, lights are inadequate, but we are still crushing Riesling. Probably the last night crush in shorts, it got pretty cold cleaning up.
My turn foot stomping, probably the largest press load of the night.
My turn foot stomping, probably the largest press load of the night.
Yeah, definitely the largest press load, we had to hand press some to fit them on top...
Yeah, definitely the largest press load, we had to hand press some to fit them on top…
It took some manipulating to get the press doors on and bolted tight it was so very full.  Note, even my partner in wine was able to participate in the Riesling crush - that is him front left!
It took some manipulating to get the press doors on and bolted tight it was so very full. Note, even my partner in wine was able to participate in the Riesling crush – that is him front left!
Travis cleaning the shute after that last load, all hands on the crush pad needed to be helping.
Travis cleaning the shute after that last load, all hands on the crush pad needed to be helping.
Riesling juice just beginning to ferment this morning... you should hear it crackling in the tank.
Riesling juice just beginning to ferment this morning… you should hear it crackling in the tank.

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