Forking grapes Rusden winter vines
Rusden pump over Rusden vineyard in fog
Pumpovers Golden Vines
Rusden winery at sunset Golden Vines

Four Seasons - Basket Pressing

Before the ferment is fully complete, we drain each fermenter using gravity to feed the wine into underground tanks. The skins are shovelled into one of our oak basket presses where they are gently pressed overnight. Basket pressing overnight is vital to ensure we don’t over-extract the tannin in the skins and seeds. Grapes grown in Vine Vale have very delicate flavours so it is important that we don’t smother the varietal character with dry, bitter or furry tannins. Basket pressing gives softness to our wines.