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Marlborough Update - The Woolshed Vineyard December 2012

Preparing to fight the frost

The growing season has started well at The Woolshed Vineyard with warm weather leading to great shoot development and very even budburst on the 27th October. The first half of November saw the arrival of cooler than average weather which slowed vine growth and that distinctive yellowing of vines was evident around Marlborough. Frost damage to vines on the Woolshed block was minimal compared to some blocks in the region.

 The last week of November saw a distinct increase in temperatures resulting in some major growth spurts in the vines. We only recorded 6mm rain for the month so irrigation is underway as ground has dried very quickly, a huge turnaround from August /Sept when we had flooding through the blocks and sheds.

Hill Block 6, our young Pinot Noir, has started flowering and I would predict that the sauvignon blanc won’t be far away with all this warm weather.

Bud rubbing and 1st foliage wire lift has been completed so we are running on target timing wise. We were stoked to see the arrival of our new sprayer, it’s a relief to know we can get those important canopy sprays applied at the most crucial times.

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