Friends, since you’re reading mein blog I am assuming you have at least tried one or two of mein tasty Rieslings, but have you ever wondered how such a fine product is made? If so, keep reading! I have put together all of zee steps involved in wine making, starting, of course, with zee…
This part you knew, right? Well, zee grape is zee most important part of zee whole process! From zee type of grape to when it is picked from zee vine, every detail matters. Even zee soil, location, incline of zee landscape und atmosphere affect zee grapes, which is why zee Mosel region is such a desirable place to grow Riesling grapes.
Rieslings are late-ripening by nature, und there is a large window of time in which zee grapes are harvested. Zee ripeness of zee grape greatly affects the type of wine produced. To make mein Kabinett, we often pick around September, but it may be earlier or later depending on zee weather that year. For an Eisweins und Beerenauslese, we may be picking as late as December. In fact, this year zee window was so late in zee year that zee 2011 Eiswein harvest was picked in 2012!
After zee grapes are picked they are hand-sorted to check zee quality of zee grapes. Only zee highest quality of grapes get past this process, so we take out zee rotten und dried grapes.
Destemming zee Grapes
While some of zee leaves are removed in zee sorting, stems are pulled from zee grapes in a machine, not surprisingly called a destemmer.
White wines, such as mein Rieslings, are pressed to separate zee skins und juices. At this point some wines will ferment naturally with a wild yeast, while others use a dried cultured yeast. Simply put, zee yeast will eat zee sugars und zee bi-product is alcohol!
After zee fermentation is complete zee wine is drained to a press. As you may have guessed, zee wine is literally pressed to make sure we get every last drop of wine. The photo to zee right shows an old wine press.
All wines are different but after zee wine has been pressed it will go into a cool area, similar to your cellar. Some wines will only age a few months, while others take years. This helps zee wine mature to zee desired product. Some red wines will be aged in oak barrels, but Schmitt Sohne wines are aged in stainless steel tanks.
Once zee wine is mature, it will be filtered for clarity und promptly bottled. After that, friends, we ship our wine und it is ready to drink immediately – no aging required! In fact, I recommend drinking zee wine within zee first four years.
That’s it friends! Simply as that, right? Now when you are enjoying a few drinks with friends you can show off your wine knowledge. If you have any questions, please let me know on mein Twitter or Facebook page.”