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New growth in the Seven Springs vineyard

 News from Riana and Hetta from our vineyard, November 2013.

 

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Preparation for our 2014 harvest started in October 2012! At that time buds formed on the branches that were to carry the fruit for the 2013 harvest and, through the pruning that followed the harvest, during the winter of 2013, these two-bud spurs were left to develop and nurture the fruit for the 2014 harvest.  
 
This means that as early as last month, October 2013, nature was influencing the quality and quantity of the 2015 harvest.  It was rainy, cloudy and humid – not ideal conditions, as it is a sunny period at this time that will contribute to a fruitful harvest.  We’ll just have to wait and see what Mother Nature has in store for us.
 
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Our Pinot Noir grapes, the first to be harvested each year, are looking beautiful!   The vines have started to flower along with the Chardonnay.
 
 
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The Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc usually start flowering a little later.

 

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I love the vineyards in spring, they have the most amazing green foliage.

 

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New technology in our vineyards

We have recently introduced Neutron Moisture Guages into our vineyards at Seven Springs. What this will do is to allow us to measure very accurately the ground moisture in all parts of our vineyards. Thus we can irrigate our vines at the optimum time and apply the exact amount of water required to maintain healthy plant growth. Our water comes from boreholes drilled into Shaws Mountain behind our vineyards, using underground streams. Accurate measurement of the ground moisture it will allow us to use our water resources responsibly ensuring increased fruit quality. We are working closely with Bokkeveld Besproeiing ( http://www.irrinet.net/ ) who have developed the software programmes for measuring soil moisture. The company is jointly owned by Piet van der Merwe, who is father of our winemaker Riana, and Jac Le Roux, with Piet being responsible for running the business in South Africa. The company specialises in irrigation scheduling for fruit, citrus, perrenials, lavendar, olives, table grapes and, of course, wine grapes. Accurate measurements and targeted irrigation (we can apply water to individual parts of our vineyards) will allow us to produce the optimum size and quality of grape which in turn will allow us to make first class wines. We are on a quest to produce some of the best wines in South Africa and this is one way we can help manage that process.