It’s been a while since I did a post.
The 2015 season so far has been dry. That’s about all everyone talks about. The vineyards that do have irrigation looks very good. The grapes are healthy and in some instances plenty, but the same cannot be said for the dryland vineyards, or even the vineyards with supplementary irrigation.
We had a very good flowering period and that was followed by a near perfect fruit set phase. The dry season then started to take its toll on the bunches during bunch closure. The bunches are smaller than last season. This will hopefully result in more concentrated wines, but the downside is that I don’t believe that there will be a decent crop weight wise.
Varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon looked very promising for the first time in years, but I doubt that the bunches will weigh what we hoped for. I do think that the potential for a very good quality wine year is still there. Harvest time will be tricky and we will have to be spot on with picking the grapes, not letting the vines suffer while still getting phenologically ripe grapes. Protecting your fruit component will be vital and viticulturists will have to work hard to get the timing rite for the 2016 harvest.
So that kind of sums it up. O, did I mention that IT IS DRY! 🙂