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Harvest 2017: granny breasts and relief

All grapes have been harvested at Pietershof. Pinot Noir and Riesling actually could have benefited from a bit more time hanging time, but extensive rain prediction forced earlier harvesting. There was a window of sunshine for a couple of days at the end of September and the beginning of October, so the usual suspects were gathered to help out.

Picking grapes in a group always creates a great sense of unity and satisfaction, certainly helped by plenty of sun and a lovely lunch, including Pietershof wine.

Harvesting is not just a matter of cutting bunches. Want to know more about the phenomenon called granny breasts and what happens when all the pickers are gone?

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What the label doesn’t say

Google wine label and you get plenty of hits on what should be on a wine label. Most of it is pretty obvious stuff on what, who, where. The additional pregnant woman warning is praiseworthy but feels like telling a Formula-1 driver that he’s into a dangerous sport (when will there finally be a she?). Same for the government warning on wine bottles in the USA.

What’s more interesting to know is what the label doesn’t say.

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