Despite a dry start to the year we’ve had good rainfall over the past two months – May rainfall doubled the total for the previous four months, and June has doubled the amount for the year to May! A feature during June has been the colder weather with snow - low night temperatures are good for the vines as they need a specific number of cold units per season which, subsequently, has a direct effect on the quality of the bunches in the following growing season. During dormancy all the reserves are stored in the roots and, as soon as the vines wake up and the buds starts forming, the reserves moves up towards the buds. The buds become leaves and flowers and the flowers subsequently become the bunches.
Towards the end of July, we will start pruning our early ripening varietals like the Chardonnay, Pinotage and Viognier. This is exciting as it heralds the start of the new growing season!