The quality of last year’s harvest was fantastic: A perfect balance of flavours, sugar levels and acidity. The wines were a bit “difficult” to work with, for example, the malolactic fermentation has taken longer than usual. However, at last it has now been completed through all the lots, and whilst we get the wines ready for bottling by fining and stabilising the wines, we have also started to work on the blends. It’s a very exciting moment in the year of a winemaker.
While we try to keep lots separate as long as we can, by variety, and clone if we can, we can’t leave tanks partially filled so eventually we don’t have a choice but to combine some of the lots together. With that said, we now have a nice palette of various wines; Pinot Noirs, Meuniers, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay to play with.
We are trying to create several different blends, and the possibilities are literally endless. There are so many possible combinations that it can become challenging at times. It is nonetheless very satisfying to see the different blends take shape after each tasting session, playing with percentages of each component until we think we get to the perfect “mix” and feel that each wine has reached its best potential.
So far, we created a blend that could be Rathfinny’s signature wine, our ‘Cuvée’, a wine which will be as consistent as possible year after year. This wine will be made of the three “classic” varieties, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier, and might include a touch of Pinot Blanc and/or Pinot Gris.
We have also blended a very nice Rosé, in line with the one we bottled last year. A Pinot Noir base with a touch of Chardonnay. Finally, we might be able to bottle a small amount of Blanc de Blancs (100% Chardonnay) and why not, maybe even a Blanc de Noirs (100% Pinot Noir and Meunier).
We’ll keep making final adjustments to the blends but I think we’re pretty much there and we are thrilled with our blends again!