Monthly Archives: April 2013

Domaine Ste Michelle, NV, USA

Domaine Ste Michelle, NV, Blanc de Noirs, Columbia Valley (borders Oregon immediately to the South), Washington State, USA. A pinot noir dominated blend, with just a little pinot meunier, traditional method, mushroom cork closure, 11.5% abv. Ann et Vin, about £14. WSET style … Continue reading

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What’s next?

Next – Once frost risk is over, and buds have burst, bud rub to leave the uppermost 4 or 5 buds only, as contingency against damage.  Once growth is prodigious, remove the lowest 2 canes – those remaining will become … Continue reading

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Forming the head

March 2013 – pruned to leave the strongest most vertical and central cane, then pruned this to a height of 1m.  This is the point at which the head will be formed.

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Second year winter pruning

February 2012 – pruned to the two thickest canes centrally positioned at the head of the young vine, thinned to the thicker cane in May, again, once the major risk of frost had passed.

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Vine trunk disease

September 2012 – one vine is failing to thrive relative to the others, top growth is very poor, at about 1/3 of the others, and so I suspect vine trunk disease – disection confirms this below, with staining signs on … Continue reading

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First year winter pruning

February 2012 – what I wanted was to select and prune to the two thickest canes of mature wood from the previous year’s growth.  The minimum acceptable thickness to continue is that of a pencil, if that had not been … Continue reading

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Planting and first growth

May 2011 – Firstly the rooted vines were soaked in a bucket of water for 24 hours, and then trimmed of the last 10mm of growth.  I think that this is to stimulate the cells at the root growth tip … Continue reading

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