Tales from Tarzali: Grafting Shiraz16:02:00
I was deliberating whether to save this post for Friday on the 'Windmill Wine down' as it is about the vineyard and all. However, I decided that if more time passes (its going so bloody fast) we will probably have Shiraz bottled by the time I end up posting this one. Perhaps I will have to give you an update on the grafting on the wine down after our holidays in the new year. Until then, here it is...
The vineyard is growing profusely and I can happily inform you that 'fruit set' (getting that wine lingo going for you) is well and truly 'on' and there are lots of little grapes growing out there on all of the varieties. Its looking really green and lush too. All the boxes are getting ticked on the important 'jobs to-do' lists and David has been meticulously managing it all very well indeed. He has also rounded up a few helpers over the last few months to work away on some of the more menial tasks in the vineyard such as the lifting of wires, prepping of the Riesling vines for the grafting that has taken place and de-steming all the buds that stubbornly shoot at the bases of the vines, to name a few.
I say we, but it has mostly been David, Cameron,Pauline and the helpers doing the jobs over the last months or so in preparation for the grafting. They have unravelled the old vines off the wires, tied up the remaining trunks with support string, they have scraped off bark and have de-budded and pruned. (I have all intention of helping of course and I do when I can, but someone has to look after the children.)
Check out those tiny little buds. It looks like its been all wrapped up by a big bandaid doesnt it? That white tape is holding the new little Shiraz bud in place. This took place at the end of November by the way.
Can you see in the next photo where the bark has been stripped away from the vine to make way for the graft. A very time consuming job that was undertaken by hand by one of our helpers.
The last of the jobs with the grafting of the Shiraz was to give the vine a good haircut. This ensures that most of all the nutrients from the soil go straight to the graft rather than to all the fruit and folage at the top of the vine. As you can see it was a good chop back to just two buds on two short stems with minimal folage.
A lot of work done over a number of weeks for only four rows of Shiraz. Next year will be another eight or possibly twelve I am told. Yikes!!!!
Then nature just goes along doing its growing thing and look...
In less than 3 weeks. New Shiraz. Amazing.
If it keeps looking good like this, we might even have our first harvest next year. How exciting.
Do you enjoy Shiraz?
What is your favourite bottle that you are drinking right now?
This wine tasting business is a very tricky one indeed. I know Im a bit off track here, but has anyone got any good links or resources to help refine my tastebuds. Apparently ill be doing some wine reviews soon and any tips and advice will be greatly appreciated for this newby on the block.
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