Folie a Deux Crush Fantasy


Rack and Returns by Crush Crusader
September 15, 2008, 9:25 pm
Filed under: Harvest Adventures

So I’ve progressed to the next level of harvest duties, and I guess it’s about time to talk about racking wine.  For whites, the wine in the tank has already been pressed and separated from the skins.  There is an elbow that is connected to a valve about a foot from the tank’s bottom, just above the lees.  We want only juice now from this tank, nothing else. It’s easy with whites to simply transfer the wine to another tank. Reds are a little more tough a task.

In a red wine tank we’ve still got everything that came from the crusher & destemmer, since we want the wine to have extended contact with the skins/seeds (or “maceration” for the savvy reader).  So when we rack and return the red wines, we run the product through a screen to catch unwanted seeds and ‘non-raisins.’

Running Zin through a screen then pumped to another tank temporarily.

Running Zin through a screen then pumped to another tank temporarily.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, the desirable juice and raisins are sent into a nearby empty tank temporarily, then sent back over the top once finished.  This is where the CO2 is strong (read my previous post) because it is technically wine now and not quite done fermenting.

About to return the wine

About to return the wine

This whole rack and return process can be very quick or painfully slow.

Tune in tomorrow for the next step, basket press.  I’m out!

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It’s funny how I just assumed that you would just crush, strain and bottle. I never realized all the steps that are involved in creating the delicious “red.”

Comment by Rhonda Howard

It’s funny how I just assumed that you would just crush, strain, ferment, strain again and bottle. I never realized all the steps that are involved in creating the delicious “red.”

Comment by Rhonda Howard




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