I spent the last Saturday in November helping Murrumbateman Winery bottle their 2016 Sangiovese drop and it was loads of fun!
Being the first time they have requested the public to help them out, meant that we got to go behind the scenes, sample the wine, and get hands on experience in the wine making process. Well, the tail end of the process actually.
They of course did all the hard work beforehand in tending the vines, growing and harvesting the fruit, squishing it all and turning it into wine. We merely helped fill the bottles, cap the bottles, label the bottles and pack the bottles into boxes. And of course, purchase six bottles each for the privilege.
Murrumbateman Winery is run by Bobbie Maken, and is a boutique winery producing small runs of a wide range of varietals. Reds, whites, heady Rose’s and luscious fortifieds. The Sangiovese crop for this year only produced 2000 litres, so they are already looking ahead and planning their next bottling and crops to ensure they have a steady product flow.
While we were there, we got to also sample their 2016 Tempranillo which was still in its barrels. Talk about smooth, even straight out of the barrel. I can’t wait until this batch hits the shelves.