Assessing Quality for 2009 Vintage - UPDATE 11/11/2008

Vineyards on red clay loam, and those on sand look to have adequate vigour levels and are generally balanced. Some vineyards on heavy black, cracking clay, the ‘biscay’ soil, have short shoot development and are at risk of having unbalanced canopies at harvest. Assess your vineyard.

Simple fertilisers may not be the solution - if you pump up a big canopy you may not have enough irrigation to sustain over summer. Big canopy, and or a big crop has a big requirement for water.

Soil moisture levels in the mid row, far away from any irrigation you apply, are now likely to be dry. There are some parallels to Spring 2006 which lead to a light vintage 2007. Remember the lessons you learned from that year.


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