Shoot selection, Infanticide and the Master Race

Shoot selectionI can’t stand it.  It’s like killing off one baby to ensure the survival of the other, but which one do I choose?  The eldest?  the youngest? The strongest?  The tallest?  Agony, guilt, it’s all there and finally, when you pluck up your courage, close your eyes and do the deed, there are thousands of others waiting to be cast out of the gene pool in order to achieve a vinous master race.  Cuvee Aryan here we come.  (Well it is Chardonnay.)

Time Drips By

The irrigation teamWhile we have had plenty of rain and soil moisture is good, I am still anxious to get the irrigation up and running. When it dries off it will do so quickly, even if the Bureau aren’t quite forecasting El Nino conditions.Growing up 2
So the team are out again, running dripper lines as fast as they can go.  If only I could get my dog Barney to drag them down the hill it would save me some serious k’s.  Mind you, I get a good look in every single vine guard while I am doing so.  
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Bloody snails!!

Time to Celebrate – The Story So Far

I know there is still a long way to go, and arguably there always will be, but still I feel fantastic and excited about what we have achieved so far.  I wonder how many people in life can say they built their dream?  Well mine is built so I thought I would try to tell the story so far with a few pictures.  Enjoy.  I have.

There is such a thing as bad rain

Rain when you least want it

The count down is on to planting and the team is all lined up for Saturday.  I’ve been pushing as hard as I can to get enough wires up, pipes laid, fences run.  NOW it decides to rain?…and blow…and everything else.  So close now and I’ll be stuffed if the weather is going to beat me but the weather man says more of this to come.

The Forgotten Grapes of Champagne

I came across this nicely researched article on Champagne Aubry which I thought worth sharing.  They too have planted all seven permitted Champagne varieties although it is shocking to see how little Arbane is in the world.  Hopefully, I can help to rectify that.  Think I ought to get in touch with them!

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.