I have spent the morning looking through the vineyard. What a sight! The recent rains have really moved things along, especially under the vines and in the mid-rows where we have planted some ryegrass. Weed competition is intense but after we put the slasher through I hope we can get them under control.
The first picture is of a Pinot Noir clone 114 vine, showing the infloresescence that will soon flower and then turn into a bunch of grapes. These proto-bunches look pretty big this year and are likely to turn into very large bunches by harvest time. We will thin them out and in particualr, remove any wings that develop.
The second picture shows the general health and vigour of the vines. More rain is forecast for this weekend and growth will continue. This will be (and already is) a very different season from the previous half-dozen or so. The drought appears well and truly over in our vineyard at least.
I have been overseas for a few weeks and so I felt it was time to renew my acquaintance with the 08 Cabernet. In my absence, it has been reviewed very favourably in the Gourmet Traveller wine magazine and our sales manager tells me that stocks are running low.
It is still a very young wine with a good future ahead of it although it is drinking very well at the moment. As it matures, I think we will see the emergence of some bay-leaf, tobacco-like characters and the smoothness, so noticeable now, will only increase. If you have some in your cellar, try a bottle every 3-4 months or so to see how it is progressing.
Hi! This is the Squitchy Lane vineyards blog.
We are a small winery in the Yarra Valley region, near Melbourne, Australia. We produce Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc and we have a smattering of Cabernet Franc and Merlot that we use for blending in the Bordeaux manner.
Our aim is to make this blog interesting to wine drinkers and those who would like to know a little bit more about how wine is made and what actually happens in a vineyard as the year progresses.
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