The summer season is upon us and we couldn’t be happier! We love all the summer activities and all the people who stop by our tasting room while in St Joe. The sun, sand, fishing, boating, bicycling, wine tasting… you know what I’m talking about. Summer in Southwest Michigan is the best and we want you to enjoy all there is in the region.
In the vineyard, we are pleased to see that nearly every vine is pushing shoots from the base of the trunk. I mentioned in the last newsletter that the vines were badly damaged by the extreme cold temperatures from the polar vortex last winter. We knew there would be no crop on our vinifera vines but hoped they would grow back and be ready to bear a crop next year. And that is exactly what we’re finding so we’re happy. The young vines are growing and all the rain is creating perfect conditions for vines to grow bigger and get closer to making a crop.
It’s quiet in the winery right now as we continue to top our red wine barrels and let the wines do their metamorphosis thing to become beautiful, elegant wines. It takes time and patience but it’s well worth the wait. We are racking the 2018 Mirage to clarify and will continue to age that wine along with the other reds.
In the tasting room we are officially out of our experimental batch of Teroldego. It was a huge hit and we can’t wait to make more! As it turns out, the deer decided to eat Teroldego grapes in 2018 and there was so little fruit we blended it with Marquette, an excellent, resistant hybrid. The wine is wonderful! We named it “Borealis” to honor its northern origin near Beulah, MI. We released the 2018 Reserve Chardonnay, 2017 Reserve Riesling, 2017 Lady Slipper Rose’ and 2017 Cabernet franc “Sophie’s Vineyard” wines. 2017 was an outstanding vintage and that is reflected in these wines. We encourage fans of our wines to come in and try the new wines. You will be glad you did!