Saturday, August 27, 2011

pinot bursts

Keeping track of the Pinot Noir bud bursts
Amazed by the energy

Only a week ago or so, nada in the year old cutings. Just hope. Two pots are okay so far.

The older vines- Voila!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Springing it

Dunno what this tree is
A poplar?

Middle of August and the big tree out front is dropping flower cases all over the lawn. The the first year we were here, I got really peed off at the cases- sticky on the inside and stuck to everyone's feet or shoes, and would let go on the carpet..

Wait until the flower jumps out. In the meantime, there are clicks and pings on the roof while the tree unloads, day and night.

The propagation ia coming along just fine, a few buds are swelling on the cutting and the first year cuttings.
the garden is going off too. You may see how slack I am as it starting to look like I am a hoarder- I AM NOT, but you never know... October is also around the corner and there is gunna be a bunch of Hard Rubbish on my strip!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Bud swelling 2011

Shiraz Buds swelling
Cuttings starting too

Is the season for bud swelling or burst changing?

 In SE Oz, IMBY, the backyard potted and planted shiraz[syrah] vines are buds are swelling, a week or so after the Pinot Noir potted vines.Here are some of the Pinot buds after a week on.

The Shiraz

The 2010 cuttings of Pinot buds are starting to swell, well 3 out of 7 are.

Last years Shiraz cuttings may not at all! The snails may have got to them while dormant- better find a better place to lave the 2011 cutting!

Speaking of, the 2011 Pinot and Shiraz cuttings buds are swelling too.

Pinot Noir-


Saturday, August 13, 2011

last minute thought

If the newly gifted vines do not bud
What if?

If there was one thing one did not think of, it would have been a non budding situation with the new vines.

The recently purchased self watering pots may have to go into storage for another year!
May have Marvined me self yet again.

Same goes with last years crop of cuttings. The propagation effort was about twenty percent or less successful, but after transplanting, can not see any bus erupting, unlike the mature potted Pinot.

Fingers crossed.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Vines on the run penned up.

Chardonnay vines.
Temporary nursery 
This is a modified earlier post

Had to make some place to keep some reclaimed chardonnay vines from my friend back in June 2011. They are about four or five years old, and nearly fruiting. Two pallets cut in half and some long fruit tree cuttings- Voila! 
The photos show the temporary place until some more pots can be found. Seriously- ten to twenty dollars a pot, another 20 of them will set me over budget! 

While the vines from Harry were bare rooted in the recent frosts, I thought I better cover them with the left over soil from the shiraz potting, so I will need some more when I get more pots. 
There were fourteen. As of 12 August. These have been re-pruned to try the Cane and Spur method. Hopefully, the transplant and re-pruning will be a success.
The summer placement. This is not important, can put the pots anywhere! But at the moment, the thought is to set them along the front fence, where I cut down the awful hedge growth. I think having fourteen will make a nice hedge.
The rest of the Vineyard:
Got some more pots- self watering type, now have 12, need another 20 and more soil. Again...

Bud Burst- officially! The Pinot Noir were the first as of this week- in mid August! Even a lonesome leaf- had no heart to prune it! Left it as a cane...

The 14 transplanted Shiraz plants pruned again, no sign of bud burst yet. The rest of the Shiraz, planted and potted, also pruned again.Pruned the rest of the vines again, almost to a spur or two and a 'cane' if possible. The more reading I am doing educates me so much. Looks like an over-cropping was occurring, and with the plants bound in a pot, maybe it will be a good idea to reduce the foliage and canopy.
re-pruned re-cycled shiraz in the little pots
Finally got around to make cuttings and place them in some nursery pots. Bought two bags potting mix, and mixed in 2 shovels of ground calcium carbonate- limestone- and fertilizer into it. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Moonshine season

There was ten dozen or more
lying in the cellar...
now there's only four
with empties on the floor...

Twas was payment in kind towards the end of the working relationship when the vineyard and winery was closed down the other year. My boss and friend Bob was not hacking the losing proposition anymore, and bailed out for good financial reasons.

Bugger for me. But he was a good guy. Offered the barrel bottom 03' pinot noir, made by the previous owner of the 'facility'.

My opinion, was, well, okay. It could be going thru the stil, but so what?
It was dry, but you could ignore the taste and burn as it slid down the gullet.
Was a good pizza wine I suppose. With a ciggie.

Late last century, the first vintner there had one vintage of the Pinot Noir rated a 90[?] by a New Yorker.
Which year? 1980 something. Who. Parker? This may be edited later.

As summer is coming up, and the cuttings not yet done, the rum barrel needed filling.

And recycling time.

Out with the 15 liters of garage wine that did not work,
the two bottles of bloody awful sav blanc,
and a dozen of the 'orrible '03 pinot.

And all into the stilling unit.

Two liters rough stuff- water it down 100%, bit of Copper Sulpate and Sodium Chloride, a weeks rest, plan to then filter it a few times or six and Stil it agin! Probably coax a three liter 40% final product.

Can't wait, add the Aussie Rum flavouring and Wham Bam Man, it's a crowd pleaser!

Friday, August 5, 2011

A portable grapevine

Portable Grapevines

Stage One 
Prunings from established vines

First Year

Second year


Three years
Four years 

Shiraz, planted left and the Portable Vines
Productive Vines