If the novelty of having tanks full of wine wasn't exciting enough, Christmas is in the air adding a little magic and sparkle around the vineyard. The fairy lights have been unpacked and are twinkling, and our deli is full of new and exciting things, such as Cornish gin and a Cornish pastis! We are keeping a space on the shelf for the release of our first 2013 wines.
There's an empty space where the 2012 red was but shortly it will be the new home for our stunning vintage 2013 Polgoon Red. We are in the process of designing our new label, and once bottled but prior to release, the wine will be sent for a post bottling analysis. All our readings for alcohol, acidity, sugars and stability are verified and a certificate issued, at the same time the wine is tasted by experienced panel members who give their opinion and advise on quality, acceptability and legality. Once we have our certificate we can finalise our label marking the alcohol content. It's a light and fruity wine with subtle hints of vanilla, smooth and well balanced with lovely berry notes. We will have a bottle of 2013 red as well as our long-awaited 2012 sparkling white for our Christmas table.
Having tasted the sparkling white as it travelled along its journey I am really looking forward to enjoying the finished product. Made from our seyval blanc grape with pinot noir and orion, it's a light and delicate sparkling wine with a tiny hint of citrus, characteristic of the seyval blanc grape. Last year was a challenging for growing and the sugars in the grapes that year were low but perfect for producing sparkling wines. The alcohol content for our first sparkling white will be quite low, only reaching 10.5%, but the flavour has not been compromised. We have 900 bottles which will be numbered and only be on sale at the vineyard shop. It doesn't have a space in the shop yet, but as we only have 26 bottles of 2012 white left taking up a prime spot, so it won't be long. We have a pot of mulled wine permanently warming now the days are colder. We were recently sent a photo of Polgoon from 1947 covered in snow. The little Polgoonies thought it was amazing and hope it snows this year too. While not wishing for snow yet, it's hard not to feel a little festive as the aromas of mulled spices waft through the shop and office. Mulled and sparkling, perfect!
Kim Coulson runs Polgoon vineyard, near Penzance, with husband John. Visit polgoon.co.uk.