The early spring heat is behind us. These last couple of weeks has provided unsettled (typical) spring conditions with cooler temperatures…slowing shoot growth down a bit. Flowering will wrap-up this week…just in time for the next blast of expected heat …the crop is set and looks bountiful. The lavender is ready to burst open next week. It’s a beautiful and very busy time of year for us at SJR Vineyard!
Soon clips will be added to the Syrah blocks in an effort to maintain shoot positioning and cluster separation. Suckering and initial hedging will follow. Early season heat units are running even higher than last year, which were the highest yet recorded. Consequently, and no surprise…canopy structure is critical again this year to provide protection from the sun.
The risers have been installed throughout SJR and will aid in the precise timing requirements of spring (green manure crop cultivation) and fall (hilling up of burial cane) farming practices going forward.
With added focus this year within the Viognier block, we are tying opposing shoots to the first wire, for better air flow, cluster separation and consistent canopy structure supported by the new cross-arms.
This spring is a great time to assess our expectations for our maturing vines at SJR, given our 10th leaf. Our emphasis is always on viticulture and the rigorous commitment to timely farming practices that address each vintage year’s gifts. All of which provide the basis for the distinctive expression found in a bottle of Delmas Syrah!