Vineyard update | harvest is almost here

Harvest time is approaching rapidly, and the birds are eyeing off the ripening fruit, so it is time to start putting out the nets. The rain early last week did not affect the crop, although it has been a tricky year for mould and the extra moisture didn’t help much.

We are about 2 weeks away from the first pick of Chenin Blanc for our Silver Lining sparkling base wine, and 3 to 4 weeks away from picking the Chardonnay. The yields will be lower than last year, due to generally smaller bunches and berry sizes, but so far the season looks good.

 Chenin Blanc | photo taken 22 January

Chenin Blanc | photo taken 22 January

 Chardonnay | photo taken 22 January

Chardonnay | photo taken 22 January

 Cabernet Sauvignon | photo taken 8 January 

Cabernet Sauvignon | photo taken 8 January 

 Cabernet Sauvignon | photo taken 14 January

Cabernet Sauvignon | photo taken 14 January

We also had our friends from Richgro down last Friday to check on the mulch and compost trials that we have going in the Shiraz block. To the naked eye there is an obvious difference between the rows that have mulch and those that don’t. It clearly does something, but the question is does it makes enough of a difference to justify the cost? We will be doing some serious measuring and qualitative analysis at and following harvest.

I look forward to sharing more updates next month. 

David Martin, Owner 

 The soil guys at work

The soil guys at work

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