Jonathan: Last night I filtered and bottled the blackcurrant wine we racked a month ago. 24 bottles, plus a full carafe and a about four glasses to help us along the way. That’s a very good yield from 4 full-size demi-john and one half-size. Thanks to the previous racking, there was virtually no sediment, and I got it all done with just one filter. As I was sterilizing the wine bottles, I realized I hadn’t done that since we lived in Minsterley, Shropshire, at least 8 years ago. We haven’t made so much wine here, but when we have it’s been Denise, not me: engineering work – whether at home or away – and then later building Carrick took up too much of my time. We bought wine instead, which is very nice but not as satisfying as making it oneself.
A huge crop of black-currants this year, so no difficulty justifying making lots into wine! That was some weeks ago, and in the last couple of days I’d noticed the fermentation had ground to a virtual halt and the demijohn was clearing. Time to rack off. 2 full size and 1 half-size, and as Jonathan at home, it goes all the more smoothly with two pairs of hands – and two glasses. We used the half-size demijohn to top up the big ones, and of course what was left just wasn’t worth keeping.
The black-currants make up for no blackberries (the king of home-made wines) this year. Turned to mush by a wet late summer and autumn, and with Jonathan away from home neither the time nor the desire to go off on my own for hours amongst the brambles. But next year … !