The winter of 2017 dealt us the coldest winter yet; 11 degrees (average) colder than either 2015 or 2016!
We are prepared for such events at SJR, (given our burial cane program), and
began unburying canes last week. Nevertheless, these events inevitably force creative thinking, and with Brooke fully engaged our ability to act with technical validity is heightened. This is the third time we have lost buds on the fruiting wire in the last seven years. At long last…a new/hybridized training form course correction was determined yesterday for SJR Vineyard.
We will execute a mini-head-trained system (MHT) that can be completely buried, thereby protecting spur structure and buds at the head. By creating permanent/precise spur positions we gain balanced sap flow: cluster fruit quality takes another step forward at SJR. We will look back on this winter’s extreme cold as a transformative quality trigger for SJR fruit and, ultimately, for Delmas!
Another transformative event is occurring at the same time this spring. SJR2 Vineyard will be developed immediately to the east of SJR. We will extend our Syrah program on this adjacent parcel and we could not be more excited. Brooke will implement our new training form, and introduce an entirely new trellising/canopy management rigor, to our farming practices at SJR2.
Stay tuned for reports throughout this year on these exciting new developments.