Tough Little Soldiers

I10V5 rootlings

As you may have read in “Firing at Both Ends” there have been the occasional moments of concern.  Thankfully, we at least seem to have this particular one under control.  The picture shows the I10V5 Chardonnay rootlings, (that’s right, they are no longer cuttings,) which are not only the dominant clone in the planting scheme with 40% of the area, but also the final batch of the Tassie cuttings to strike.  Interestingly, they have also survived a light frost completely unscathed, which means that our choice to callous them outside in order to “toughen them up” seems to have worked.  This will hopefully reduce first year losses in the vineyard.

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