Daily Archive for June 16th, 2010

Lafond Vineyard Pinot Noir cluster June 16, 2010

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Drip Feeding the Chardonnay

Vines in sandy soil produce smaller grapes which in turn produce very intense wines. Our favorite Chardonnay block is on a sandy knoll created from drift sand and with very little nutrients. Until we began using drip irrigation the vines were stunted and produced little or no fruit.

Drip irrigation is particularly well suited for this condition and it allows us to introduce small amounts of liquid fertilizer directly to the plant. David Lafond is monitoring the operation.
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Hedging Syrah June 16, 2010

Syrah’s canopy grows rapidly and we have to control it very early. The hedger cuts the sides and tops of the vines on either side with what looks like a very threatening piece of hardware.

Leaves in the grape cluster area have already been removed and this further exposes the vine. In the case of Syrah this will probably have to be repeated two or three times during the growing season.
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