Pruning is one of the most important activities in the vineyard as it sets up the vines for their fruit production for vintage 2020.
Each year I need to ensure our vineyards are pruned to suit not only the vines planted, but the aspect of the vineyard, the amount of fruit we hope to harvest and the style of wine I want to make.
The more buds we leave on the vines, the more shoots and bunches that will be created next season. While more fruit may sound better than less, each vine only has a certain amount energy to grow shoots, leaves and ripen fruit each year. So, the more work you ask it to do, the less quality it can give to each component.
The challenge is to find the sweet spot between production volumes, fruit quality and flavour profiles that allow us to keep producing top quality wines for you to enjoy.
Here you can see how close our HHR Close-Planted Shiraz vines really are. I can’t fit a normal tractor down these rows so all the work happens on a ride-on mower.
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