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Kernling Harvest 14 October 2018


Our biggest ever Kernling crop in 29 years. Fantastic quality.

After the amazing long summer ended with Storm Callum two days earlier, harvest day was disappointingly drizzly and cool - 12C. But a cheerful band of pickers, loaders and kitchen crew made it a great day despite the weather.

We ate inside in the warm and for the first time daughter Liz cooked, with help from friends Jules and Sian.  Lovely harvest meal.

We took the grapes to Steve's winery near Shepton Mallet next morning where the free-run juice was a delicious 80 Oe 12 g/l acid (TA).

Thanks to all. Photos by Ned, Paula and Jane

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Trailer, tubs and buckets up to the field the night before
Trailer, tubs and buckets up to the field the night before
Wet Grapes in the morning, but lovely!
Wet Grapes in the morning, but lovely!
Pickers muster
 over coffee
Pickers muster
over coffee
 Iain. Hat
Iain. Hat
The start
The start
Benji
Benji
Jack
Jack
Tubs covered 
against the drizzle
Tubs covered
against the drizzle
Paula
Paula
Paula, grapes
Paula, grapes
Ruth and soggy doggies.jpg
Ruth and soggy doggies.jpg
John C.
John C.
Coffee time
Coffee time
 Helen, Sian
Helen, Sian
Jess with Benji and Jack
Jess with Benji and Jack

Howard
Howard
Lesley
Lesley
last few tubs for the trailer.
last few tubs for the trailer.
Trailer closing
Trailer closing
Ned
Ned
 Loading Liz's big horsebox
Loading Liz's big horsebox
Iain bringing more boards to stack the tubs in the horsebox
Iain bringing more boards to stack the tubs in the horsebox
WineO'Clock
WineO'Clock
Wine O'clock, Ned
Wine O'clock, Ned
Paul, Alan, Howard, Helen
Paul, Alan, Howard, Helen
Rosie, Lesley
Rosie, Lesley
rogue grapes - we think they're Huxelrebe. Very sweet so in they go.
rogue grapes - we think they're Huxelrebe. Very sweet so in they go.
Tubs still coming - horse box full - so they go in the truck, Ned and Paula's 4x4 and Jane's car.
Tubs still coming - horse box full - so they go in the truck, Ned and Paula's 4x4 and Jane's car.
Meal in the farmhouse
Meal in the farmhouse
Back from the winery Mon lunchtime - a lot of tubs to wash - that's only half
Back from the winery Mon lunchtime - a lot of tubs to wash - that's only half
Empty vineyard: just the tracks show how heavy the crop was.
Empty vineyard: just the tracks show how heavy the crop was.
Jane finally finished washing the 127 tubs on Thursday.
Jane finally finished washing the 127 tubs on Thursday.