There has been good growth this year in the vines and we are on track with cane diameter and root setting. There was a bit of wind damage as a result of the back to back storms in August so we need to look at the hedgerows and trellising to minimise the impact this would have in a growing season.
This is the 2nd year of establishment and the plan will be to do a main crop on the first guyot in September 2022, with a small test crop to be taken next year to see what the acid and sugar levels are like. The Rondo are already tasting great.
We have been focusing a lot on wildlife this year and we are already seeing the benefits throughout the vineyard with an abundance of insects and birds returning.
We have learned a lot this year and have helped out at other vineyards along the way.
There is plenty of pruning and trellising work to be done over the winter as we get ready to go into a more standard growing season routine.