At Tantara we like to bottle our wines in January or early February when the weather is cool and the moon just right — not too full because a full moon stirs up the wine too much. Then we give the wines some time to recover from “bottle shock” which occurs after bottling. Think about all those contented flavor molecules swimming around in a big sixty gallon French oak barrel for many months. Then one day they are crammed into a 750ml glass bottle.
In early Spring we evaluate all of our wines to decide which wines to release early in the year and which to hold back until Fall. We release half of those wines in April during our Spring events. We hold the other wines back until October when we celebrate some more.