The war against growth has begun.
Noting potential pruning improvements for winter.
Every day I discover relics throughout the old winery which we now call home. Hand-crafted building materials like the nail and hinge shown below, signal the time which was needed to construct a house capable of housing people for hundreds of years.
An image taken of a treat I ate at Christmas last year. The ginger was growing inside a chocolate housing….mmmm.
At this time of year the larvae commence their nightly ascents in search of juicy young buds. They seem to selectively shear away the woolen jacket in order to reach the green goodness below. In doing so, they have robbed me of a summer cane which will potentially carry three bunches of riesling berries. On a good night, they will make their way along a whole cane, stripping every bud they come across. Spur-Pruning minimises the damage.
After a week of rain and wind, hunting for images through a lightly-frosted vineyard on a sunny Easter Sunday morning was a real treat. These capture the 2015 vintage at the starting line.
The vines are pumping nutrient and hormone-filled water in order to activate growth.