Opening Barrels

January 20th, 2012

Yesterday, we emptied the Chardonnay that we’ve had in barrels for just over 11 months, which was the moment we’ve been anticipating all that time.  Over the 11 months, we’ve been monitoring progress through monthly tastings, and our most recent taste confirmed the good news that it was time to open the barrels.

We will now stabilize the wine and plan the bottling.  It will still be some time before we release the Babylonstoren Chardonnay, because our planning includes taking out our Shiraz in the second half of 2012, and we’re looking forward to launching both at once.

But after we’ve finished bottling maybe,  just maybe… when you come on a cellar tour we might decide to open an unlabelled bottle for a sneak preview!


  1. dionysus says:

    Hi Guys

    Must be an exciting time, like when a baby takes it’s first steps. Where is the fruit from, your farm or bought in?


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