The new year break doesn’t last long for us in the vineyard. The vines are growing quickly as we try to keep up with putting up the training wires. We’ve started to see the first signs of veraison (grapes turning people – above). Within the next 3 or 4 weeks we will see the whole crop turn purple. The season is moving along. All signs are that we will be looking towards a start to picking in early March, subject to changes in the weather of course.
At the conclusion of veraison, we can start to test the sugar (Baumé) of the grapes and make some more accurate predictions for the upcoming harvest.
Out in the vineyard the canes we’re putting up the second (tallest) training wire to push the canopy up. The vines are lignifying, meaning the steams are turning from soft and green to brown and woody. The ground away from the irrigation drip line is now very dry and large cracks have opened up – a result of the dry summer heat. The canes have stopped growing longer and our attention turns to ensuring that we keep just enough water up to the vines to maintain their health and take the fruit through to full ripeness. Onwards and upwards to the 2018 harvest.
Now taking Shiraz Grape orders for 2018, see details and form here.