Capacitance of Spring
May 16, 2011 § Leave a comment
It has been a vigorous spring, and we’re having fun just trying to keep up with all the new growth (as well as laying new drain tiles, bottling our 2009 reds, amending the soil of a new vineyard (more Viognier!), establishing our community garden, experimenting with cover crops, retrofitting some trellising, and working our way through the blending trials of the 2010 reds).
Rainfall has been high, meaning things grow quickly, and we get the potential for some heavy vegetative growth in the vineyards if we don’t make continuous efforts to regulate growth, spacing, and potential yield. Through a few different pruning techniques (heavier pruning on Cab Franc and Cab Sauv; lighter pruning on Viognier; vine-to-vine decisions on much of our Petit Manseng and Albarino) we’ve seen vines in better balance and therefore requiring less passes on our part, and hopefully less hedging in the summer.