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When to harvest?

Posted by on 3 Sep 2018 in News | 0 comments

The decision when to harvest the grapes is vitally important. The links to the videos below explain how to assess grape ripeness. It’s not just about sugar levels, but flavour and tannin ripeness too. And don’t forget to look at the colour of the pips!

Preparation for harvest -checking ripeness of Syrah vineyard

Checking grape ripeness in our new Syrah vineyard. Step one – collecting grapes from different parts of the vineyard

Posted by Domaine La Tasque on Monday, September 3, 2018


Checking sugar and flavour/tannin ripeness in Syrah vineyard

Sugar level is one way of measuring grape ripeness but the most important consideration for red grapes is whether the skins and tannins are ripe.

Posted by Domaine La Tasque on Monday, September 3, 2018

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Bottling 2016 La Tasque

Posted by on 29 Mar 2018 in News | 0 comments

Bottling 2016 Syrah and Carignan

We bottled our 2016 Syrah and 2016 Carignan yesterday, 2500 bottles in all. It was a small but perfectly formed vintage – our best yet we think. It needs more time to mature in bottle so it won’t be released until next year. In the meantime, here are some photos of bottling, using a high tech bottling line from the back of a lorry.

Making up boxes beforehand


Merve and Mathilda with Syrah

A shady Simon with Carignan

Packing Syrah 2016

Pallet of 2016 Syrah

Trish and Merve packing 2016 Carignan

Et Voila! La Tasque Carignan

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Harvest 2017

Posted by on 17 Oct 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The 2017 harvest is over. The grapes have been picked, fermentation has finished and we pressed the wines a couple of days ago. Quantity is excellent but very, very small quantities. Here are some photos of the 2017 harvest. Handpicking, (very) small batch vinification, pressing and, finally, a praying mantis basking on some grape skins.

Harvest 2017

Harvest 2017

harvest 2017

harvest 2017

Pressing Syrah

Pressing Carignan

Mante religieuse

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It’s a bug’s life in the vineyard

Posted by on 12 Jul 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Some bugs in our Carignan vineyard

The vineyard is a busy with bugs at the moments. Mercifully none that are harmful to the grapes. These photos were taken yesterday in our Carignan vineyard.

This elegant fella is difficult to spot. First time I’ve seen one of these this year.

Green stick insect

Cicadas are everywhere at the moment. Dive-bombing their way through the vineyard and making a racket. The sound of the mediterranean.

Cicada resting on vine

Ephippiggers are very striking. This one is very green but they also come with black stripes and look like humbugs.

Ephippigger or bush cricket

The ubiquitous snail. More in our garden than in the vineyard.

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Friday photo – Syrah grapes

Posted by on 30 Jun 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Syrah pre veraison

This very green photo is of a fine looking bunch of Syrah grapes. The next stage is ‘veraison’, when the grapes turn red which should start in 2 to 3 weeks.

The whole vineyard is looking extremely green at the moment. The vines are much bushier than last year thanks to the plentiful rainfall we have had in the spring and also this week. It is also very noisy in the vineyard. The cicadas are in full voice and are very active, dive bombing as you walk along the rows.

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