Picking TnT Vineyard: 4a.m. we awoke to thunder, lighting & light rain. As we arrived at TnT vineyard to pick at 6:30 a.m. it continued. As the 20+ pickers began to pick the East side of the 2 1/2 acre vineyard the thunder and lighting subsided and the morning light and the moisture from the rain assisted. The light rain had made the stickiness that usually annoys me, non existent, nice. Our incredible crew was done by 9:30 with the entire east side plus a small amount from the very right of the West side picked. Totalling 1.7 tons coming in at 25.5 brix.
We toasted to our morning efforts with a glass of wine & a BBQ with our hosts Tom'n Tanya as the grapes were delivered to the winery. They hit the sorting table by 10:30.
Paul Mathew Vineyards is committed to low input winemaking using indigenous yeast and Malolactic bacteria. This winemaking style produces wine lush on the palate with seamless flavors. This process is much slower and more time consuming than traditional commercial winemaking. Low input winemaking showcases the fruit and the site.