Friday, October 22, 2010

Meanwhile in the vineyard...


In spring, we see the first shoots appearing on the vines, and they curl to catch the sun.

With the wet conditions we have had there is an even and strong budburst. Many vines are actually pushing extra buds from their cordons. We call these watershoots, or non-count shoots. The 'jargon' term watershoots is due to the thought that wet weather promotes these shoots, the scientific term non-count shoots relates to the fact the pruner 'didn't count on them bursting!'

McLaren Vale has been having a 'typical spring' where the region has warm and fine weather, interrupted by periods of rainfall. Both rain and shine are welcomed by the vines (and the locals.)

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