Daily Archive for August 22nd, 2009

Lafond Vineyards Hedging Syrah

Syrah is a late harvesting variety and while the the Pinot Noir is now covered with nets, the Syrah canes are still growing and need a final trim. If canes are allowed to grow too long they will fall over the retaining wires and cover the fruit.

And, because it is a late harvesting variety, it is more likely to rain before the grapes are brought in – exposed fruit allows for quicker drying and less likely hood of mold growth.

Fortunately Syrah, like most late harvest varieties, has a thick skin and less susceptible to damage from the rain itself. The photos show the hedger which trims two rows at a time both side and top.