Vinification is the process that transforms the grapes into wine. The process of vinification differ from region to region, financial state of the winery and the grape types. The harvesting time and the type of oak used for aging are based on the region in which the wine grapes are grown.

Wine making process involves the following stages:

  • The first step in wine making process is Harvesting or Picking. Grapes should be harvested at the right time in order to make good wine. Harvesting can be done either mechanically or by hand.
  • The process of separating the grapes from the stems and cluster parts is called Destemming. Some of the wine makers keep some fragments of the stem to increase the wine tannin.
  • After destemming the grapes are crushed to extract the juice from the skin. This is done before the fermentation process begins. In the olden days bare feet is used to extract the grape juice, now a day machines like crushers are used.
  • Separation of grape juice and the skin is named as pressing. After crushing the grape juice will flow freely, selected wineries use pressers to make sure maximum juice is released.
  • Once the grapes are pressed they are introduced into the process of fermentation. During this process the grape juice are converted into alcoholic beverage. The yeast interacts with the sugar in the grape juice and converts them into ethanol and carbon dioxide.
  • Once the wine is purified and refined, they are preserved with sulfur dioxide or potassium sorbate. During the natural process of fermentation a minimum amount of sulfites are produced, but more is added for the use of commercial preservation.
  • Wines are aged for a particular amount of time to get more welcoming wine. Once after purification, the wines are moved to wooden barrels for aging. Metal vats, concrete vats and glass carboys are also used in some cases to increase the flavor.
  • After aging, the wines are bottled. During the process of bottling a final dose of sulfite is added to the wine to prevent it from uninvited fermentation in the bottle. The bottles are then sealed with cork and screw caps.

Former England cricket star Sir Ian Botham OBE has launched a new range of Australian wines and said that there will be more to come in the 'near future'.

ian botham wines
Sir Ian Botham says he 'knew the style' of wines that he wanted to make.

Including an '81 Series' Shiraz and fine wines at £30-a-bottle...

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Former England cricket star Sir Ian Botham OBE has launched a new range of Australian wines and said that there will be more to come in the 'near future'.

ian botham wines
Sir Ian Botham says he 'knew the style' of wines that he wanted to make.

Including an '81 Series' Shiraz and fine wines at £30-a-bottle...

The post Sir Ian Botham launches new wine range appeared first on Decanter.

Former England cricket star Sir Ian Botham OBE has launched a new range of Australian wines and said that there will be more to come in the 'near future'.

ian botham wines
Sir Ian Botham says he 'knew the style' of wines that he wanted to make.

Botham, nicknamed ‘Beefy’ and once a tormentor of Australian cricketers while playing as an all-rounder with England, announced his new wine range in partnership with Benchmark Drinks at an event at Lord’s in London today (27 July).

Botham’s love of wine is well-known and he has previously credited late cricket commentator John Arlott for igniting his passion for top wines in his younger years.

The new wine range, entirely Australian, includes a Barossa 81 Series Shiraz in memory of the 1981 Ashes series and Botham’s leading role in winning the urn for England.

That wine is part of a mid-range known as ‘The Botham Series’, which also includes a Margaret River ’76 series’ Chardonnay and a Coonawarra ’80 series’ Cabernet.

Those are expected to retail for around £12-a-bottle.

Another three wines will form the ‘Sir Ian Botham Collection’ and are to be sold exclusively in the UK via Berry Bros & Rudd, probably at around £30-a-bottle.

Those include:

  • a Barossa Valley single vineyard Shiraz, produced with Nick Badrice, chief winemaker at Dorrien Estate and Krondorf winery;
  • an Adelaide Hills Chardonnay blended by Marty Edwards of The Lane Vineyard;
  • a Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon produced with Geof Merrill, who Botham has known since touring Australia with England in 1978. The pair already have a long-standing partnership having previously formed Botham Merrill Willis wines with former England captain Bob Willis.

‘My philosophy going into this was simple,’ said Botham.

‘I knew the style of wine I was looking for, and I wanted to bring exceptional but fairly priced wines to market. We have focused the first phase of our launch on Australian wines and we are looking forward to presenting new origins and products in the near future – watch this space.’

An entry level ‘Botham all-rounder’ range of wines will include a Chardonnay and a Cabernet Sauvignon drawn from different regions within South Eastern Australia. They are expected to retail for around £8.99.

Both the ‘all-rounder’ and the ‘series’ ranges are set to launch in the autumn.

Paul Schaafsma, MD of Benchmark Drinks, said it was a privilege to work with Botham on the project.


See also: Our favourite Australian fine wines from the Langton’s Classification 

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