Twelve years in the grape growing game has thrown us plenty of surprises, challenges and rewards over the years. We’ve experiences the wettest of winters and the driest of summers.
We’ve come to learn that some of the harshest and unpredictable growing conditions can actually produce some of our most unique and demanded wines. Every year presents a different challenge for our vines, our viticulturist and our vignerons and this year is shaping up to be no different.
Our viticulturist Joel has worked tirelessly over the past months, pruning the whole vineyard by hand, with trusted trainee (Trev’s grandson) Jack by his side, learning all the right techniques. Correct pruning techniques are imperative in setting us up for a good growing season to come.
The process of annually pruning our grapevines helps produce higher grape quality and better yields. This process removes older, non-productive wood, removes diseased or damaged vines, encourages new growth and opens up the canopy of the vines to sunlight and airflow. We like to think of it as our winter-clean out, keeping the vine size at a manageable level and balancing the amount of vegetative growth on each vine.
While we’ve had a few decent showers this winter, the level of rainfall is still at record lows. Unless the skies miraculously open up over August, we are planning to commence irrigating in the next three to four weeks to get some much-needed moisture into the ground at good depth. We do this in preparation for bud burst in September.
We have 106 acres of land, planted out with approximately 40 acres of vines, including new varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Grenache. We treat each variety distinctively, as maintaining them is a year-round job to ensure they live up to our big aspirations.
We’re putting in the hard yards now to ensure that the 2020 vintage is one to remember!