Tying down the grafted Grenache shoots

July 18, 2012

Most of our grafted Grenache shoots have done pretty well, and now we’re ready to start shaping them for next year.

As you can see, most of these shoots are pretty large. A few of them are still too small to position, we will come back through and get them a little later in the season.

The problem is that all of the shoots are trying to grow vertically, while we need them to grow horizontally along the middle trellis wire.

These vines will be spur-pruned, so we need this years shoots to grow like this, right along the trellis wires, where they will form next years ‘arms’.

We use a special kind of tape to hold the shoots in place.

This tape is not sticky, instead it is very elastic, but it maintains its’ strength as it stretches. This allows the shoots to grow without breaking the tape.

The Grenache and the Mourvedre are both looking great, we’re looking forward to the day we can use these grapes in the Cuvee Alis!

Amapola Creek is Richard Arrowoods’ latest winemaking project, to visit the Amapola Creek Winery main site, please click here.

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