Using the talents of local Barossa winemakers Atze’s Corner wines are made with a ‘hands on approach’. Tried and trusted techniques used by some the most recognized small wineries in the Barossa are key to the production of all Atze’s Corner wines. Open small batch fermentation, hand plunged and pumpovers, Basket pressed, Oak Barrel maturation and minimal filtering and fining are all a staple part of the processes used at Atze’s Corner. Strict quality control ensures the wine is looked after from crushing through to bottling and beyond.
From entry into the winery the fruit is looked after with the utmost care
- The fruit is put through a small destemmer removing the grapes from the stalks.
- Transferred to small 1-3 tonne fermenting vessels (1 tonne of grapes = approximately 650-700 litres of end wine)
- Cold soaked for 2-3 days for maximum colour extraction
- Generally a wild ferment will be allowed to take place, cultured yeast will then be added later in the ferment, to finish of the fermenting process.
- Once Ferment is near completion it will be hand shoveled into the basket-press for pressing.
- This is where the wine is pressed from the must,
- Generally the wine will be transfered directly to French or American Oak barrels.
- Here it will finish of fermentation and under go malo-lactic fermentation in the following weeks to months,
- Rack the wine off the lees (all the sediment created from the dead yeast cells) hot wash the barrels
- The wine is returned back to the barrel with a touch of preservative sulphur to protect it from any nasty s!
That of course is a very quick and brief snapshot of the process up until blending, along the way each individual barrel is monitored on a consistent basis for quality and final usage decisions, the final blending and finishing of the wine is the final key task prior to bottling.
After the wine has been bottled, the wine will be stored in storage where the temperature will be kept as close to 15 degrees constant as possible, the type of wine and market will determine how long it is stored.