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Autumn colours

Posted by on 22 Nov 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Syrah in Autumn

We ploughed the vineyard yesterday to decompact the soil and allow the water better access to the vine roots. Just in time – it is pouring with rain now!

Ploughing Syrah

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Domaine La Tasque – from grape to glass

Posted by on 15 Nov 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

The story of Domaine La Tasque, in photos

I have been trying without success to load a slideshow onto the website. So here is a selection of still photos, with captions, which shows what we do in the vineyards and cellar to make Domaine La Tasque. Alternatively, view the slideshow on https://www.facebook.com/latasque/

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Carignan in the spring with Renault 4

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Carignan in the snow

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Winter – ‘false roquette’ in Carignan

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Our Syrah vineyard

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Flowering

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Pruning Syrah

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Canopy management – Syrah. Who knew it was such fun?

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Green harvesting Syrah in 2015.

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Syrah

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Hand harvesting Carignan

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Hand harvesting Carignan

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Happy harvesters – Syrah 2014

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Carignan grapes harvested into 12 kg boxes

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Harvesting Syrah and loading it into the trailer of ‘the beast’

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Yet another interesting mode of transport for grapes to the winery. This time a Citroen HY.

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Back to the winery. This is why we are called Domaine La Tasque

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Destemming

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Grape stems, ready to go back to the vineyard for compost

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Filling the wooden fermenter with Syrah

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Syrah

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This time fermenting in stainless steel

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Basket press

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Emptying the tank

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Cleaning the tank – whoever said winemaking was glamorous?

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Ageing in barrel

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The barrel cellar at Domaine La Tasque

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Bottling 2014 vintage

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Press wine

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Dusting bottles

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Ageing in bottle

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Capsuling

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Mathilda

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Capsuling

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labelling

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Cork for 2014 vintage – the personal touch

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Cartons

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Syrah ready for sale

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Carignan 2014

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Launch party for 2014 vintage

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2014 vintage launch

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2014 vintage launch

 

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Harvesting Syrah and Carignan

Posted by on 1 Oct 2016 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Harvest 2016, cont’d

We have harvested the rest of our Syrah and all of our Carignan.

Ripe, healthy grapes but tiny yield

The grapes are perfectly ripe and beautifully healthy – just not many of them. The Carignan grapes are particularly small so we decided to co-ferment the Syrah and Carigan, with the Syrah providing more juice. So there will be no 100% Carignan from 2016.

 

Here are some photos from the day.

Carignan - why the low yields?

Carignan – why the low yields?

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Carignan harvest

Carignan harvest

Syrah harvest

Syrah harvest

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Harvest 2016

Posted by on 10 Sep 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Hand harvesting Syrah 2016

 

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At Domaine La Tasque we harvested our Syrah yesterday. We harvested by hand under beautiful blue skies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hand harvesting Syrah grapes into small bins

Grapes loaded onto Simon’s mad machine

The pre-harvest debriefing was important as the grapes in one portion of the vineyard weren’t ripe so pickers needed to know which vines to pick and which to leave to ripen for another week or so.

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Harvest debriefing

The quality of the grapes is excellent. However it has been a very dry year and a thirsty vine means smaller berries and lower yields. Our Syrah crop is about half of last year’s.

 

In the vineyard ..

 

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In the winery

 

The small berry size meant that we adapted the way we process the fruit once it comes into the winery. We don’t normally crush the grapes but in 2016 it was essential to liberate the juice.

Destemming and crushing

 

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Destemming Syrah grapes

Crushing grapes pre fermentation

Crushing syrah grapes

Pigeage

And once the grapes were in the tank we use pigeage or punching down to extract colour and flavour.

 

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Pigeage Syrah

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Simon punching down Syrah

 

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Beasties in the vines

Posted by on 2 Jul 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Some insects in the vineyard

Summer is here. Temperature have soared to 35°C and the cicadas are in full voice. Here are a few photos of the insect life in our Syrah vineyard this week.

This cicada looks pretty calm but he can zoom around the vineyard at great speed, dive bombing vineyard workers.

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Cicada in Syrah vineyard

 

 

This guy is an ephigger. Also known as a saddle back cricket I think.

 

 

 

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Ephigger or saddleback cricket in Syrah vineyard

Below is a collection of unlucky European grape vine moths, caught in a trap. It consists of a sticky sheet of cardboard with a lure containing lobesia botrana pheromones to attract the moths. It is a good way of monitoring their population in the vineyard so as to decide whether to use an insecticide and if so, when. We use bacillus thuringiensis, an organic insecticide to control the grape vine moth.

Trap for European grape vine moth lobesia botrana

Trap for European grape vine moth lobesia botrana

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Who’s been eating our vines?

Posted by on 12 Jun 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

 

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A couple of weeks ago, we were alarmed to see that several of our Syrah vines had been munched by an unidentified predator. The damage was too high up to be wild boar so we thought it might be deer, although we’ve never seen any in the vineyard.

Three days later the damage was even more extensive. But, there was a clue …. the thieves had left traces of their hair – or wool to be more precise. Our neighbour has a small flock of sheep that had escaped from their field through a hole in the fence. Sheep no longer in that field, problem solved. Except that the crop on the most severely affected vines will be minimal, even non-existent.

Sheep damage is not a common problem in the Languedoc. Although Catherine Wallace at Combebelle did lose the entire crop in one vineyard a few years back due to escapee goats from the neighbouring farm.

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