We’re currently racking all of our 2016 barrels for the first time. The purpose of this rackingÂ is to takeÂ the wine off its gross lees – a combination of spent yeast cells and grape solids – barrel-by-barrel.
Racking: moving wine from one vessel to another
Karin transfers the wine from barrel to a temporary tank, cleans the barrel, and then moves the wine back to the same barrel. This approach is more time consuming, but allows us to evaluate the sensory profile ofÂ each individual barrel. We can then refine our selection of barrels – whether byÂ cooperage, grain tightness, or toast level – for the next vintage.