May 2017: Vineyard News
A lot has happened over the last month. Last week I finally finished the pruning, a process I started way back before Christmas.
A lot has happened over the last month. Last week I finally finished the pruning, a process I started way back before Christmas. As always the final moment was a slight anti-climax but I’m really looking forward to doing something other than pruning in the coming few weeks.
The little leaf buds were bursting just before Easter so the tense days fearing overnight frost are upon us. Some vineyard owners go to great lengths to avoid damage on a cold night using various methods from spraying water to lighting bonfires but living away from the vineyard means I tend to just take my chances. I do the little things I can to help, including keeping the grass very short and leaving a frost reserve stem poking high above the frost risk area. If the buds get damaged they go black, drop off and don’t grow back for about two weeks – the regrowth tends not to be so fruitful so one cold night in April can make a big difference to the harvest in October
Exciting news is that our new 2016 Pinot noir rosé is ready for release and our 2015 Pinot noir rosé just won an award at a great new competition based in Bristol. The IEWA (Independent English Wine Awards) was set up by Alex Taylor of Wine Taste Bristol. The awards, which aim to raise awareness of English wines to a larger audience were held at The Rummer in the centre of the city and judged by a group of high calibre Masters of Wine and experts. Winning a medal at a competition like this isn’t easy so we were thrilled to be one of only a handful of wines to get one.
Just like last year, we have tried to create a fun wine label for our new vintage. This time we’ve teamed up with Children’s Laureate and illustrator Chris Riddell again to create 200 individually numbered, limited edition labels, which are only available if bought direct. Wines with our standard label will be available from the usual local outlets but visit our website for the best prices. For the first time, we’ve added some silver to our label which I think you’ll agree adds a nice shine to the new wine.
With the days warming up, I’m about to get very busy delivering orders as well as managing the vineyard. The sheep have gone to pastures new and the vines and hedgerows are full of the promise of spring.
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