A Tiger Barn Cattery 'House Special' Wine Recipe

While Katriona & I like to visit the Isles of Scilly, I like to be there when the blackberry brambles are out or when the puffins arrive. This blackberry wine recipe is perfect in taste and the colour is deep but I have no idea what puffin tastes like. :)

4 Lbs of frozen Scilly Blackberries
8 Oz of fresh Red Grapes
1 gallon water
1 crushed campden tablet
1 tsp citric acid
1 tsp pectic enzyme
2.5 Lbs of sugar
1 tsp of yeast nutrients
Youngs Bordeaux Yeast

Katriona in the Scilly Isles is always a joyful occasion ... Getting up in the morning, eating breakfast, getting out, catching a boat, walking for miles stopping every couple of hours for something to eat or a cream tea, or just the tea. I love the place too, it's no quieter than where we already are. It's the 50's there rather than the Nineties, Noughties or the Teenies. It's a goldfish bowl, everyone knows everyone else's business. One girl told us that her husband had been seen carrying a table from their house and by the time she'd got home her phone was full of condolences from people who thought he was moving in with someone else. If you can turn a table repair into a divorce in under 6 hours, you have a close knit community of bored gossips and dramatists ... lovely place :)
We were staying on the North side of St Mary's, totally isolated, a beach of our own a few 100 yards away. There was a swimming pool full of drowning bees to rescue, birds everywhere, especially song thrushes and all manner of semi tropical plant species bursting from any crevice. The owner left to visit a sick relative on the mainland and hoped we'd be alright on our own. We were and our devices were fine if not a little rusty.
A great little split level apartment, with cooking facilities and not far off the 5 times a day circular bus route that serves the whole of the Scillies :D
It's just as well there is a bus at all to this end of the island, after the whole day traipsing about the last thing you need is a 40 minute cross country hike before you can take your boots off ... however, if you want to eat in town, you will undoubtedly miss the last bus and have to walk.
Two days before we came home we 'discovered' there were taxi services, and they weren't much more than the cost of two people on the bus!


2nd to 9th September 2010

Every day I went out with punnets to store Blackberries, every day on every island I found some, they were riper and more abundant than at home, but spaced less frequently, more like they were accidental in the landscape and were meandering via bird from one place to the next. Each night I'd empty them into lock tight freezer bags and store the day's bounty.
By the end of the trip I'd collected over 5 Lbs of Blackberries from St Mary's, St Agnes & Gugh, Tresco & St Martins and they'd not all defrosted by the time we were back home in Devon.

Thursday 9th September

Crushed them gently and poured 5 pints of boiling water over them and added a crushed Campden tablet.
Added 8 Oz of Red Grapes because Katriona had left them lying around ;)

Friday 10th September 2010

Added 1 tsp Pectolase
Added 4 pints of water

Saturday 11th September 2010

1 tsp citric acid
Added 2 Lbs 4 Oz of sugar
SG: 1.080

Added 3 tsp TronOzymol yeast nutrient + Bordeaux Yeast.

15th September 2010
Strained into Demijohn
SG: 0.996
Added 4 Oz sugar to bring the SG up to 1.006


1 Gallon of Scilly Blackberry wine.
SG: 1.006

Potential alcohol calculation

1.080 + 0.010 = 1.090
(1090 - 1006) / 7.4 = 11.35%

1st Rack 19th September 2010
SG: 0.996
(1090 - 996) / 7.4 = 12.7%
Added 2 Oz sugar syrup to bring the SG up to 1.000

2nd Rack 23rd September 2010
SG: 0.994
((1080 + 10 + 4) - 994) / 7.4 = 13.25%
Topped up with reserved Scilly Blackberry and added 1 crushed campden tablet.
SG: 0.995


Clearing & Maturing: 1st Feb 2011

Bottled: 1st February 2011 - 6 x bottles

Drinkable: June 2011