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.
Chateau d'Yqueum, Place de Bordeaux wines

Jane Anson evaluates the success of this year's 'September releases'...

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Chateau d'Yqueum, Place de Bordeaux wines

Jane Anson evaluates the success of this year's 'September releases'...

The post Assessing the September releases plus final 21 wines tasted including Y d’Yquem appeared first on Decanter.

Chateau d'Yqueum, Place de Bordeaux wines

Looking back on a month of international wines on the Place de Bordeaux, the feedback that I have on sales is that they were solid but subdued for all but the most high profile names. Not surprising against the backdrop of increasing global economic uncertainty but there seems no question that this is now a yearly event in the Bordeaux calendar that is not going anywhere.


Scroll down for Jane Anson’s new ‘September releases’ tasting notes and scores


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September Releases: The full list

Argentina

Catena Zapata, Nicolás Catena Zapata, Uco Valley, Argentina 2017
Cheval des Andes, Mendoza, Argentina 2017

Australia

Cloudburst, Chardonnay, Margaret River, Australia 2018
Cloudburst, Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River, Australia 2017
Wynns Coonawarra Estate, John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, Australia 2016 – released at £474 per 6 x 75cl In Bond
Jim Barry, The Armagh Shiraz, Clare Valley, Australia 2016
Dominique Portet, Cabernet Sauvignon, Yarra Valley, Australia 2017

New – tasting notes below

Two Hands, Aphrodite, McLaren Vale, South Australia, 2017
Two Hands, Fields of Joy, Clare Valley, South Australia, 2018
Two Hands, Secret Block Willife Road Moppa Hills, Barossa Valley, South Australia, 2018
Two Hands, Coach House Block Seppeltsfield Road Greenock, Barossa Valley, South Australia, 2018
Two Hands, Waterfall Block Waterfall Gully Road Burnside, Barossa Valley, South Australia, 2018
Two Hands, Ares, Barossa Valley, South Australia, 2017

Chile

Seña, Aconcagua, Chile 2018 – released at £495 per 6 x 75cl In Bond
Errazuriz, Viñedo Chadwick, Puente Alto, Chile 2018 – released at £678 per 3 x 75cl In Bond
Almaviva, Puente Alto, Chile 2018– released at £606 per 6 x 75cl In Bond

New – tasting notes below

Clos Apalta, Apalta, Colchagua Valley, Chile, 2017 – released at £447 per 6 x 75cl In Bond
Clos Apalta, Le Petit Clos, Apalta, 2017

France

Château Léoville Las Cases, St-Julien 2ème Cru Classé, Bordeaux, France 2002
L’Odysée, Vin de France, Rhône, France 2017
Château Palmer, Margaux 3ème Cru Classé, Bordeaux, France 2010
Château de Beaucastel, Coudoulet de Beaucastel, Côtes du Rhône 2018
Château de Beaucastel, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France 2018
Château de Beaucastel, Hommage à Jacques Perrin, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France 2018
Château d’Yquem, Bordeaux, France 2018
Château Latour, Bordeaux, France 2009
Château Léoville Las Cases, Clos du Marquis, St-Julien 2ème Cru Classé, Bordeaux, France 2013
Château Léoville Las Cases, St-Julien 2ème Cru Classé, Bordeaux, France, 2013

New – tasting note below

Château d’Yquem, Y d’Yquem, Bordeaux Blanc, 2019

Italy

Orma, Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy 2018
Fattoria Petrolo, Galatrona, Valdarno di Sopra, Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy 2018
Mazzei, Siepi, Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy 2018
Podere Giodo, Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy 2016
Caiarossa, Rosso di Toscana, Tuscany, Italy 2017
Bibi Graetz, Testamatta, Tuscany, Italy 2018 – released at £420 per 6 x 50cl In Bond
Bibi Graetz, Colore, Tuscany, Italy 2018 – released at £540 per 3 x 50cl In Bond
Antinori, Solaia, Tuscany, Italy 2017
Masseto, Massetino, Tuscany, Italy, 2018
Masseto, Tuscany, Italy 2017

South Africa

Klein Constantia, Vin de Constance, Constantia, South Africa 2017 released at £39 per 50cl, £234 per 6 x 50cl In Bond

Uruguay – not yet tasted

Bodega Garzón, Balasto, Canelones, Uruguay 2015
Bodega Garzón, Balasto, Canelones, Uruguay 2016
Bodega Garzón, Balasto, Canelones, Uruguay 2017

USA

Opus One, Napa Valley Oakville, USA 2017
Opus One, Overture, Napa Valley Oakville, USA
Inglenook, Rubicon, Napa Valley Rutherford, USA 2017
Inglenook, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Rutherford, USA 2017
Inglenook, 1882, Napa Valley Rutherford, USA 2017
Inglenook, Rubicon, Napa Valley Rutherford, USA 2013
Vérité, La Joie, Sonoma County, California, USA 2016
Vérité, La Muse, Sonoma County, California, USA 2016
Vérité, Le Désir, Sonoma County, California, USA 2016
L’Aventure, Estate Cuvé, Paso Robles Willow Creek, California, USA 2018
Beaulieu Vineyard, Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Rutherford, USA 2017
Quintessa, Napa Valley Rutherford, USA 2017
Joseph Phelps, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, USA 2017
Joseph Phelps, Insignia, Napa Valley, USA 2017
Dalla Valle Vineyards, Maya, Napa Valley, USA 2017
L’Aventure, Optimus, Paso Robles, USA 2018
L’Aventure, Côte à Côte, Paso Robles, California, USA 2018
Quintessa, Napa Valley Rutherford, USA 2016
Quintessa, Napa Valley Rutherford, USA 2013
Quintessa, Napa Valley Rutherford, USA 2010

New – tasting notes below

L’Aventure, Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Paso Robles Willow Creek, California, 2018
L’Aventure , Chloé, Paso Robles Willow Creek, California, 2018
L’Aventure, For Her, Paso Robles Willow Creek, California, 2018
Inglenook, Blancaneaux, Napa Valley Rutherford, California, 2018
Bryant Estate, DB4, Napa Valley St Helena, California, 2016
Bryant Estate, DB4, Napa Valley St Helena, California, 2017
Bryant Estate, BETTINA, Napa Valley St Helena, California, 2016
Bryant Estate, BETTINA, Napa Valley St Helena, California, 2017
Bryant Estate, Bryant Family Vineyard, Napa Valley St Helena, California, 2016
Bryant Estate, Bryant Family Vineyard, Napa Valley St Helena, California, 2017


See Jane Anson’s new ‘September releases’ tasting notes and scores

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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.

Laurel Gray Vineyards

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