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.
Red Hermitage
The hill of Hermitage is situated on the east bank of the Rhône.

'Breathtaking, majestic wines of endless complexity...'

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Red Hermitage
The hill of Hermitage is situated on the east bank of the Rhône.

'Breathtaking, majestic wines of endless complexity...'

The post Getting to know red Hermitage appeared first on Decanter.

Red Hermitage
The hill of Hermitage is situated on the east bank of the Rhône.

Compared to the southern Rhône, the northern Rhône is easy to understand. All the appellations follow a narrow strip of land that follows the west bank of the river for 60km, from Vienne in the north to Valence in the south.

 


Leading producers of red Hermitage:

Domaine JL Chave, M Chapoutier, Domaine Marc Sorrel

Under-the-radar options:

Domaine Bernard Faurie, Domaine Fayolle Fils & Fille, Domaine Yann Chave

Reliable, good value red Hermitage:

Domaine Marc Sorrel, Classique, Hermitage
Domaine Yann Chave, Hermitage
Fayolle Fils & Fille, Les Dionnières, Hermitage
Domaine du Colombier Hermitage


Red Hermitage key facts:

AOC Hermitage created in 1937
70% of Hermitage production is red wine
Permitted varieties Principally Syrah (can technically include 15% Marsanne, and/or Roussanne)
Climate Warm continental, very sunny with northerly winds
Annual production 3,602 hectolitres (2018)
Average yield 38hl/ha
Top recent vintages for red Hermitage 2015, 2010, 2015


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Each wine is unique. Soil, weather, geology, varietals, and the style of wine making, are all decisive yet variable factors that give each wine a unique character.
Each wine is unique. Soil, weather, geology, varietals, and the style of wine making, are all decisive yet variable factors that give each wine a unique character.
Winemakers all over the world are combining wine making traditions of millennia with innovative approaches and ideas, to address consumer demand for high quality products and a sustainable and healthy lifestyle.
Winemakers all over the world are combining wine making traditions of millennia with innovative approaches and ideas, to address consumer demand for high quality products and a sustainable and healthy lifestyle.

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