Whilst two of our wines have finished their alcoholic fermentation, we wait for the others. The tests tell me that they’re done, but I think there’s still a slight sparkle on the tongue, so I’m leaving it for another day before we press. Meanwhile tractors are buzzing about the village hauling the last grapes into the Cave Co-operative. Today they took in the Grenache. We picked ours on the 25th August, so they’d have been shrivelled to nothing if we’d had to wait to take them to the cave. Ours ripen so much earlier because our vines are old and have a low yield, face due south and are in a bowl-like amphitheatre that traps the heat.