Gazza’s boots are full of wine :-(

22 Mar
2010

Whoooaaa OK so I just finished work at 8:15pm. It didn’t seem like it would become such a long day, yet it did. Things just happen like that.

Alas, today the Gazza Gone Wild in the Muscat Undie Parade is no more. I arrived in the morning to see the lid on top of the fruit bin about three inches up on top of the rising grapes. So I had to use a bucket and put half the bin into another, meaning I can now get in there without having to take my shorts off. We were all a little disappointed by that news. It was good fun while it lasted though!
This evening we crushed some Mount Edelstone fruit that came in and I was helping Jacky boy outside then decided I would put the heading-down boards on top of the grapes, seeing as I’d done it before one time with winemaker Fella. It seemed like it would be no problem. Stephen Henschke saw me and decided to give me a hand, even though I told him he shouldn’t because he was wearing a nice blue shirt and pants.
As I traversed over the sides of the fermenter there was one next to me, Fermenter 5, still bubbling away with Cabernet from Blenky. The boards I’d laid out on the side were waxed and had a little water on them meaning when I stepped on them (when I should have stepped over them), I slipped, and right in front of Stephen, I fell onto the boards and into the wine of Fermenter 5. Lucky for the boards otherwise there could have been more damage. I didn’t hurt myself, I assured Stephen, but my shorts have one purple leg, and my boots and socks were drenched in Cabernet ferment. Put simply, I smell like wine….a lot!
The boys had a good laugh, I think I am the first person to officially ‘fall in’ this vintage. I knew it would be me. I blame it on the fact I wasn’t wearing my glasses at the time. Whoops. The second fermenter I boarded up after that went fine, no dramas, and I had put my glasses on for that, so for now I am sticking to that theory….and not clumsiness!

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