AFS toasts their tenth anniversary with a big wine-making event. They invited a group of clients and colleagues to join them in making their custom, hand-crafted red wine at Bacchus Winemaking Club in Toms River, NJ.
"AFS Wine, The Making Of " — The story of our wine, details about our grapes, and the steps we took to craft our custom blend, complete with photos — click here to read
Several AFS wine-makers returned to Bacchus Winemaking Club to “barrel taste” our wine. Samples were drawn from the barrel to check on the aging process. The wine was smooth and easy drinking, with the fruit of the Petit Syrah most noticeable. Continued tannin development is expected over the next few months in barrel, which will impart structure in the wine. The 2013 vintage for California grapes was a winner, and we’re excited to bottle our wine this summer.
We returned to barrel taste the wine again. What a difference a month makes! The Cabernet Sauvignon is more forward now, and the blend is becoming more dimensional.
The design for our wine label has been chosen and we eagerly await the big bottling event.
The big day finally arrived! Clients and colleagues joined AFS to bottle our 10th anniversary wine. — click here to read
We left the juice mixture to ferment for seven days. During the fermentation process, the juice sank to the bottom and a solid cap of grape skins and pulp rose to the top. The cap was manually “punched down” three times each day to extract the most avor. After a week of fermenting, the mixture was ready for pressing and transfer to an oak barrel. Gravity drew out the juice that had sank to the bottom of the vat. The remaining mixture was scooped into a wine press with buckets, where an interior bladder released the remaining juice. It was amazing to see how much juice the press extracted. These juices joined the others already in the barrel. There, they’ll age until the summer of 2014, when we’ll bottle our custom-crafted Petit Syrah blend.
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