So here we are in early August, and veraison (the onset of ripening) has well and truly started in the Rondo, with other varieties tagging along behind. All of the new plantings are properly tied and trained and the grass is freshly mown. Well..to be honest there is still a bit of tying in to do, but more leaf stripping has taken precedence in the areas that we are cropping this year.
And what crop it promises to be. Obviously I’m trying to cross fingers and touch wood even as I’m typing, but so far the signs are for a very healthy harvest indeed. I just need to think of ways to keep the picking volunteers happy. It could be heavy work (hopefully).
On a darker note there is one small cloud on the horizon. We are now equipped with the kit and chemicals to carry out our own Titrable Acidity tests on the grapes as they ripen.
This important task was left to others last year and called for a ninety minute round trip each and every time. This ninety minute round trip has now been replaced by trembling fingers and dark flashbacks to o-level chemistry failures – and then a ninety minute round trip to check the results.
I shall, however, persevere.