Everything is Growing!

July 25, 2012

You may recall that, in addition to the Grenache, we budded over some Mourvedre earlier this year. Mourvedre is a ‘late’ variety, meaning that it generally starts growing a little later in the year than other varieties. While the Grenache (an ‘earlier’ variety) started to grow pretty quickly after budding, the Mourvedre took a long time to really take off. The weather has been very warm and sunny lately (though not overly hot), and so now we’re finding that the Mourvedre has fairly exploded out of the gate.

A few short weeks ago most of these shoots were barely two feet long. This kind of rapid growth seems to be typical of this vintage, which started late but has moved quickly since.

Another indicator of how fast things are developing this year is the rapid onset of veraison.

This cluster is from the China Bowl block at the foot of the property. Most of the grapes in China Bowl are not this far along yet, but we feel it won’t be long before they catche up.

It’s still to early to know for sure, but we may be looking at an early harvest, be sure to check back to see what’s happening!

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

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