If 2020 wasn’t bad enough already, we can add this to the list of things gone terribly wrong.
Here’s how we stir the lees and the oak chips during Malolactic Fermentation of the Pinot Noir. It’s a power drill attachment with plastic blades attached at the end to mix it up. Works great.
Took the weekend off for a little R and R up at some nearby lakes. Came home to walk the vineyard and see what a little sunshine will do in a few days time. Tomorrow we need to pull a few more leaves to allow some of the hidden grape clusters get enough light and air.
Pinot Noir Row K
Pinot Noir Row J
Pinot Noir Row I
Chardonnay Row H
Chardonnay Row G
Chardonnay Row F
Chardonnay Row E
Chardonnay Row D
Chardonnay Row C
Chardonnay Row B
Chardonnay Row A
We just returned from our winter and COVID19 quarantine in Arizona. We popped in mid April before bud break and returned a few days ago close to Memorial Day weekend.
The vineyard looks beautiful. Foliage on all the vines. We pulled suckers off on the canes and below the cordons today during our first long look.
Next up we will trim the growth along the cordon back to about a fist apart to ensure we have all the energy of the plants working to nurture the grapes with proper sunlight and airflow.
We also need to to use a fungicide like Thiolux to prevent the powdery mildew we got last year on a few of the Chardonnay. We would have done this sooner but COVID19 had us quarantined in Arizona.