Pruning – Friday January 28, 2011

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We are almost finished pruning our new Pinot Noir block at Burning Creek. The image is of our foreman Enrique tying one of the vine canes which will form the ‘cordon’. There are cordons on both sides of the vine and from these will grow the fruit bearing canes later this year.

Burning Creek was planted 2 years ago. This is the first year we will have grapes. We have 8 different clones of Pinot Noir and at least 2 are new to us. The clones are planted in blocks and the size of the block is determined by the size of fermenters we have. The clones are kept separate in the winery until they are blended or bottled as individual clones.

The other photo is of a mature Pinot Noir vine before pruning. We are anxiously awaiting delivery of our pre-pruning machine, mounted on one of our tractors, which will clear the canes leaving enough for the pruners to fine-tune the vine. The hardest part of pruning is removing this forest of canes that are tangled together and tied to the guide wires. Although the days have been warm the nights are sufficiently cool to keep the vines dormant – at least for now.

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