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Pruning

Posted by on 27 Feb 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Pruning Syrah

Started pruning the Syrah today. Sunny with a light breeze so perfect weather for it. So nice that the ladybirds ventured out too.

Pruning Syrah

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Pruning

Posted by on 10 Mar 2014 in News | 0 comments

Pruning and tying in Syrah

One of the advantages about having such a small acreage of vines is that you can choose to prune only when the weather is nice.  March has been glorious so far –  sunny and 20°C, so perfect for finishing off pruning our Syrah and tying in the canes.

Pruning by committee: not recommended, except for a photo opp when pruning the last vine!

Pruning by committee

Simon, Juliet and Mathilda prune the last vine

The sharp eyed will notice that this vine is cordon de royat spur pruned so there are no canes to tie in. As an experiment, we have converted 2 rows in the vineyard from single guyot (cane pruned) to cordon de royat.

Here, Barrie gets to grips with tying in without snapping the canes.

Barrie ties in Syrah canes

Barrie ties in Syrah canes

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Pruning

Posted by on 10 Jan 2014 in News | 0 comments

Pruning Carignan

Today we started on one of the most important annual vineyard tasks – pruning. Important because it is a major determinant of yield and of the way the vine grows during the season and the position of shoots, leaves and grapes. The goal is to leave enough buds to give a yield that the vine can ripen fully and that will result in an evenly spaced canopy of leaves with good aeration, minimising the risk of fungal disease.

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Our Carignan vines are spur pruned. These free standing vines with no trellis system are basically bush vines except that instead of growing round like a bush they are spread out along the row to allow a tractor to pass.  We are pruning to between 3 and 6 spurs per vine, depending on vine vigour, leaving 2 buds to each spur.

We select the strongest shoots from last years growth for the spurs and space them as evenly as possible.

Another consideration is the height of the vine. Over the last 60 years, the vines have gradually become higher with each year’s growth and pruning, so we tend to choose the lowest shoots as spurs and cut off parts of the trunk that are too high. With no electric secateurs, this is hard work!

 

 

 

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