Saturday, December 07, 2013

Vintage 2014 So Far

It's been a mix of weather so far this season. We have had cold and wet days as well as hot and humid.
It was a bit of a strange spring.
We have also had plenty of rain. On Thursday last, big thunderstorms rolled through with short torrential downpours and full on lightning and thunder shows. At one stage big hailstones (golf ball size) started to fall ( a grape grower's nightmare) but they only lasted for about 10 seconds before changing to rice size and then rain.
A relief!
No noticeable damage.
We have managed to keep the spray program on schedule so no evidence of any fungal diseases.
We have noticed the odd grapevine moth caterpillar chomping away but pick them off and squash them rather than apply an insecticide, even Dipel. We have such a large population of  'good guy' insect predators in the vineyard after years on non spraying it would be a pity to upset that balance.
Shoot growth has been good and crop yield appears satisfactory.
Cabernet Sauvignon

Pinot Noir















Semillon

Tempranillo

1 comment:

myolivebranch said...

Beautiful snaps!