New growth

Budburst marks the start of the growing season for the vines. They emerge from tiny little buds and within about 3 months will have grown about 1.2-metre-long canes. On each cane we should get about 2 bunches per shoot.

 

From here the biggest job is to manage the canopy so we have a good balance of fruit exposure and coverage. Having too much foliage can inhibit the ripening, where as too much exposure can cause sunburn on the fruit itself and lead to losses in the vineyard. Around the start of November, we’ll start to see some flowering start. This is when we’ll have to make the decision as to how we will manage the canopy.

 

 

The vineyard cycle

Other key jobs that are on at the moment are maintaining a spray program in the vineyards using organic based chemicals to get on top of powdery and downy mildew. We’ve had an incredibly wet winter; up until May this year it was very dry, we’ve had well above average rainfall.

 

At the moment we’ve got a full profile of moisture which has allowed for a nice even budburst and we most likely won’t need to irrigate the vines as we lead into summer and the 2017 vintage. So we don’t have any moisture stress.

 

We’re monitoring for pests and disease in the vineyard. We’ll be working hard on the Muscats this year as they traditionally are a vine that don’t show a lot of vigour so we’ll be shoot thinning to make sure that all the water and nutrition goes into the main fruit carrying shoots that we have left on the vine. This will ensure that Nick and Chloe, our winemakers, will have the best quality fruit to make our Muscats.