February 2018: Vineyard News
Having taken a bit of time off from vineyard work in December, it’s straight back into things for me now.
Having taken a bit of time off from vineyard work in December, it’s straight back into things for me now. These last few weeks I’ve been trying really hard to make headway with the pruning. I’ve have 38 rows to prune and am hoping to get them all done by the end of March. I’m on row 8 at the moment but always find I speed up as I get closer to the end and more desperate to finish. Every year it’s the same process, but each year my vines are getting bigger and more established so there’s more to cut back and tidy. It’s a big job and it’s easy to think you have all the time in the world but from experience I know that March will be here in a flash so I’ve got to keep going as fast as possible.
Pruning is quite monotonous and it’s hard not to get distracted by the lure of smartphones and social media. Every few weeks we have a bonfire to clear all the prunings which is fun but also kills off any unwanted fungal spores that may be lurking on the old wood.
As I prune, I’m already thinking ahead and hoping we won’t get a frost this spring and that the reserve canes I leave poking high up away from the cold ground won’t be called into action like they were in 2017. Every growing year is so different it’s hard not to wonder what lies in store for 2018. I am hoping for a nice mild spring from mid-April with no cold nights and a boiling hot summer – not too much to ask! The weather at the moment makes no difference as the vines are dormant so can tolerate pretty much anything. It’s only once they start growing in mid-April that my sudden obsession with the weather begins again.
On the wine front, things are moving along nicely with all of our wines in production and we have just five cases of 2017 Pinot rosé left. Our new Pinot rosé will hopefully be available by late April.
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