September 17, 2013
These beauties are around 22.5-22.9 Brix (% sugar) and they are tasting like little lychee/floral bombs. Very happy we will be picking them on Thursday and Friday this week!
Yeah! Last Gewsday before we pick! We suffered a bit of hail damage a couple of weeks ago but no problems bringing in a healthy crop this week!
September 10, 2013
Our little vine 5 row 15 is doing so well! Flavours are progressing nicely and we may harvest in 1-1.5 weeks! So excited
The vine is still doing great! The weather has been a bit cool and rainy this week but it has warmed up now for the finish line on these grapes in 1-2 weeks
September 3, 2013
Most of the clusters have turned colour from green grapes to a rose/purple color. I am assuming we are around 19brix (% sugar) so we could be harvesting these cuties in about 10-14 days!
We had a ferocious hail storm that hit a small part of this Gewurztraminer block but only about 5% of the vines saw damage–and not enough damage not to harvest. Our little vine just keeps chugging along.
August 27, 2013
August 20 ,2013
August 13, 2013
Very soft grapes! We are just entering veraison time where the grapes turn colour (in the case of Gew, they will turn a pink/rose color), soften and accumulate sugar.
Another hot week of 30-35C temperatures! We are going to be harvesting this vine, no doubt, well before the end of September.
August 6, 2013
Just hints of softening of the cluster. A very healthy, mold free, disease free, crop this year. Getting excited!!
It’s great that our Gewurztraminer block at the back of our property is vigorous (lots of shoots and leaves) because that ensures the clusters will not get too much sunlight–important for Gewurztraminer to retain its varietal characteristics
July 30, 2013
No signs of colour change yet but Gewurztraminer is one of our latest varieties to change–strange that because it is one of the first to ripen.
All around hot. The vine will be going through big changes soon called version (colour change and sugar accumulation)
July 23, 2013
We are probably one 1-1.5 weeks away from lag phase–that is the time in the grape cluster just before rapid growth and colour change (version). It’s also the time we go out and weigh sample clusters to calculate what their eventual harvest weights will be (another time for seeing the balance in our crop load). Still 2-3 weeks early.
Sound like a broken record but this week was hot again. With the exception of one day of some rain, the rest of the week was between 32-40C
July 16, 2013
Progressing right along with perfect summer growing conditions: No rain, not too hot but fairly hot sun, light wind an long LONG days of summer!
Over the top. These vines are growing like weeds and today we will be hedging the excess off the top–something we don’t really like doing because cutting excess growth off the top causes growth to pop out on the sides of the canopy. We’ve held off as long as we can though–it’s a jungle out there!
July 9, 2013
The grapes have gone from tiny BB’s to small pea sized in one week. Clusters had a great set following flowering and we seem to be on track for a nice development of the fruit in July.
Unbelievable growth. I know I keep saying that but 40C this weekend and the vines have added at least one foot of growth to them in the last couple of week.
July 2, 2013
You can see we no longer have any flowers or remnants of flowers but berries that are beginning to form. They are not quite pea sized but they are getting there.
It’s a jungle out there! Huge dramatic growth since our last photo and a lot of heat (38C for the last couple of days
June 25, 2013
Wet wet wet! Lots of rain last night and a lot in this past week. It’s unclear if this will cause us problems with any damage to the amount of crop we will be getting in Fall. Stay tuned.
The growth is phenomenal in this block of Gewurztraminer mainly due to the early heat and now the rain. We are seeing shoots come out from the side of the canopy as well (laterals).
June 18, 2013
This picture was taken by Lindsey from our winery in my absence. Looks like we’re really in the midst of full bloom now!
Picture courtesy of Lindsey from Tinhorn Creek. The growth is amazing right now
June 11, 2013
FLOWERING!! Just the very onset of flowering–I know it doesn’t look like anything spectacular, these fine white hairs, but this is a critical time for us in establishing our quality and quantity of crop.
Growing ever taller the vines have been “tucked” under the upper wire already. Estimates show we are 2.5 weeks ahead of average years (with 20 years data).
June 5, 2013 (one day late…again!)
There’s a little 8YO gremlin under the vine this week! Huge growth and good heat have combined to put us easily 2 weeks ahead of “normal” already this vintage
I think that we’ll see this young cluster start flowering in about 2 weeks (guru prediction!) which is about 2 weeks early
May 29, 2013 (one day late)
Things are still ticking along nicely. The vines were suckered a few days ago. Suckering is when excess shoots on the trunks are removed to allow for the vine to better concentrate on these little babies!
Shoots are still growing and the vine looks very healthy for what is turning out to be a wonderful spring 2013.
May 21, 2013
The clusters are lengthening. This week we are thinning shoots on the Bock 1 Gew so that we have the proper number of clusters going into the growing season.
It’s been a relatively good week for development–some heat and some rain. Those two things together have us monitoring the vineyard for signs of mildew which can happen in higher humidity.
May 14, 2013
Amazing elongation of the shoots. We figure we are 2 weeks ahead of a normal growing season at this point.
Tiny little clusters! We love these little guys–in one year, this cluster will be in your glasses!
May 7, 2013
Unseasonably warm temperatures of 30C this week have really elongated the shoots
No threat of frost this high up on the Golden Mile Bench–it’s great to start the year early.
April 30, 2013
Bud break happened in the last week which is a full 2 weeks early for this block of Gewurztraminer on the Tinhorn Creek property behind my home.
Little buds bursting out all over. They are delicate and can be killed by frost right now, but our land on the Golden Mile Bench is not susceptible to frost. Lucky!