The vineyard showing a little sign of heat stress.
Tonight we took a walk through to see how our efforts to shoot and leaf thin on Monday paid off 5 days later. Things are looking pretty good. No sign of pests – clusters are looking healthy and medium vigor on most of our vines.
All the fruit is set. It’s now time to let the sunlight and airflow in. More thinning is done on the east side where the morning sun is cooler and won’t burn the grapes.
Yesterday we bottled 14 bottles of our very own estate grown Chardonnay planted in 2017. Harvested in 2019 it was just a partial crop. We had lost some of it to powdery mildew.
After harvest, crush, initial So2, fermentation, adding oak chips, MLF and several rackings and some unattended time in the cellar while we spent our winter in Arizona .. we somehow managed to eek out some pretty decent Chardonnay. At least we think so.