Mediterranean summer has produced some delicious wines
Everything is upside down at Polgoon – grape harvest is looming and the new tanks need to be in place pronto. At over 3m high we have needed to dig down a metre before putting in the new concrete base where the old barn was for them to stand on.
We have waited until the end of the school holidays to get the diggers in, despite the panic this has created for Mr C that the work may not be completed in time. Instead of the new deli being quieter we have been busier than ever with both tours and customers. All we can do is apologise and explain the need for the work and the positioning of the new shiny tanks that are still on their sides in the yard. Everyone has been amazingly understanding about the upheaval whilst work is being done and shared our excitement at the impending crop of wonderful grapes. If we were to pick today the alcohol levels would already be reaching a comfortable 9% and every day that goes past is adding to the alcohol potential and reducing the acidity. We are in for some really delicious wines.
We hope to get the concrete poured this week, and it will need another week to go off before we can install the tanks. It's cutting it a bit fine timing wise but we couldn't start any earlier.
We have our existing tanks ready and empty and the first juice will be in them within 24 hours of writing this. It marks the first day of many in the coming weeks as each variety of grape reaches its full ripeness. Fingers crossed the new tanks will be ready just as we get to the point the existing tanks are full to bursting.
One of the products bringing people into the new deli at Polgoon are the veg boxes. We have become a hub for a local veg box company Healthy Boxes. We get one ourselves each week and the quality is amazing. All the produce is collected from local farms with the occasional guest fruit or vegetable. Recently we saw local melons from Newmill less than a mile away which shows how Mediterranean this summer has been. It's a welcome relief for us and all local farmers to be reaping the benefit at last.
Kim Coulson runs Polgoon vineyard, near Penzance, with husband John. Visit polgoon.co.uk.