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Monday, 14th November 2016
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The season is now well underway and has required quite a deal of patience. The Spring is nearly over yet we have hardly had a warm day and the vines are running a course of lateness that will perhaps see harvest in mid April. No bad thing.
In 2016 Easter was very early and the harvest was also very early. Next year Easter is a month later and it seems the vines are corresponding. Makes sense. Nature governs the seasons, we respond as required, hopefully appropriately!
The vines look quite healthy and the crop potential is good, but flowing in early December will determine how well the crop sets. The new High Density vineyard (11,300 vines per hectare) is going very well and will provide its first crop in 2017. This is very exciting. We are also establishing another vineyard in this way just alongside Block 5 and there are 8,500 vines going in in the next few weeks.
It has been a challenge to get the time and timing right to plough, mow, spray and prepare the new vineyard for planting. Being too wet is a forgotten difficulty and we are constantly adjusting our activities as the weather turns and disrupts our endeavours. Again, we are being patient!