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February 10, 2006

Still searching for the big plan

Pinotage harvest 02 06.jpg
First day of harvest
The period of 100+ days between the onset of flowering and harvest allows us to plan our production schedule per variety.
Because our young Cabernet Franc vineyard flowered 2 weeks before Pinotage (see post dated November 4) I thought we would have Cabernet Franc harvested, fermented and in barrels before the Pinotage was picked.
But I’m only me. Nature knows better.
Yesterday, we harvested the first luscious grapes to ripen (Pinotage) and the Cabernet Franc is still ripening patiently in the vineyard.
Why? Who knows? The Cabernet block faces west and the Pinotage is on a north-facing slope, giving it a 20 minute earlier sunrise.

Posted by graham knox at February 10, 2006 7:14 AM

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