Rijk's Whole bunch pressing of Chardonnay grapes for our MCC Brut

We brought in our first crates of Chardonnay for our MCC on Friday morning, 25 January at 2am. We mainly harvest at night, as daytime temperatures in Tulbagh normally soar to about 35 - 40 degrees Celsius. It is firstly much better conditions for our harvesters to work under at night, when it is cooler. Once the workers get used to it, they actually prefer picking at night.