August 2016 - Whilst the grape harvest is nearly upon us, another activity has kept the cellars busy over the past few days. On the estate, the end of the summer is bottling time.
At the beginning of July, the wine that has been resting in barrels was put back into the vats for the final blending. As the wine evolves differently in every barrel this stage allows us to harmonise the wine.
Then, at the end of August, over the course of nearly a week, small machines were set up in the cellars to transfer the wine from the vats to their precious bottles.
Once at the bottling machine the wine is transferred into a filler that is already inert to prevent oxygenation. Once rinsed with filtered water, the bottles can be filled and sealed.
Two types of fillers are used: one for the standard 75cl format, and another for the larger formats such as magnums. This year, for the first time we are producing four examples of 27 litre bottles, Primats, also known at Goliaths. A rare bottle format that is already arousing curiosity.
Once bottled, the wine will remain in stock for a few months to stabilise before shipping. Only then will it be ready to leave the estate and be delivered to Palmer wine amateurs, who can be found at the château gates and on the other side of the world.
The 2014 vintage is complete at Palmer... but it is starting a new life amongst wine amateurs.