Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Spring 2017 Update

I am a bit late in getting this post out, so it will be a summary of the data over the past few weeks.

We are well behind last year at this point. In 2016 all our vines had shoots by late April. this year, we still have vines in the bud swell stage as of May 22.  Hopefully our weather is on the upswing and we see some prolonged sunshine.

I have misplaced the May 16 data, but I think the data from the dates below gives us a clear picture on where things are at.

Whites (May 2, 2017):

Osceolo Muscat, Petite Milo, L'Acadia Blanc:  Bud swell 

Auxerrois, Madeleine Sylvaner; , 48-05-49, Chardonnay,  Siegerrebe, Madeleine Angevine, Epicure: were ranging from bud to early bud swell.

Whites (May 22, 2017):

Osceolo Muscat, Petite Milo, L'Acadia Blanc, Auxerrois, Madeleine Sylvaner; , 48-05-49, Chardonnay,  Siegerrebe, Madeleine Angevine, Epicure: All varieties had achieved bud burst and had shoots ranging from 1 cm to 4 cm. 

Reds (May 2, 2017):

Baco Noir, Leon Millot:  These were at the advanced bud swell stage and very close to shoots.

Regent, 48-05-83, Pinot Noir, Zweigelt, LaBelle, Regent:  these were all only at the early bud stage  

Reds (May 22, 2017)

Baco Noir, Leon Millot, Regent, LaBelle, Pinot Noir: All varieties had achieved bud burst and had shoots ranging from 1 cm to 3 cm. 

48-05-83,  Zweigelt:   These 2 are struggling and still at advanced bus stage. 48.05.83 has may 5% at burst. Last year Zweigelt was one of our earlier vines, so it obviously does not like these cool springs.