Paso-Primero blanco 2016 - The vintage that never quite made it.

The realities of producing wine are far from 'romantic'........

Creating wine is always going to be open to variables and risks. Typically these are related to weather patterns and vineyard pressures but occasionally they are a result of human error, miscalculation and idiocy. Our 2016 Paso-Primero Blanco suffered from the latter. Although we did everything we could to ensure our wine continued the success of the 2015 vintage we bowed to pressure and decided to put the wine under screwcap. As we struggled to find the right equipment to seal our wine we had to enlist the help of an outside party who assured us everything would be fine. It was not fine. It was very far from fine indeed.

When the wine arrived from bottling we found out that the wine was not actually sealed. When we inspected the bottle we realised that the screwcap had not been screwed enough.  Ironically that meant that we were now screwed because our entire bottling of Paso-Primero Blanco 2016 was ruined and completely unsuitable for sale. Heartbreaking doesn't come close to explaining how we felt. It was a truly shambolic turn of events that we have been recovering from ever since. 

 

The only positive we can take from this experience is the renewed vigour in which we have approached our winemaking after this gut wrenching set back. We scraped through the summer with only red wine to sell but managed to get into our harvest in 2017 with a more direct focus on our Paso-Primero Blanco and a clear plan for bottling - we would do it ourselves! Thankfully it all went well and hopefully this page will serve as a reminder of a difficult time rather than the first chapter in a catalogue of errors.......