This is the last bunch of Charlotte's little helpers with the last bunch of grapes. The Pinot Noir variety leaves a lot of 'second growth' bunches on the vines. These are not part of the main harvest as they are acerbic and grow off tributary shoots. Being rather parsimonious, I used to look at all these grapes and wonder what to do with them... raisins... chutney... preserves... a sweet wine? Guess which I choose? Well, we leave them on the vines until they are sweet and make WINE out of them funnily enough. It is usually a curious dry white amber semi-sherry which everyone imbibes happily enough. We make a bit for private consumption in the castle. Waste not want not, I say!