The Landing’s vineyard is a hive of activity year-round and it’s always interesting to hear about the projects that have been worked on, and what lies ahead.
Very high rainfall and humidity in January and February 2018 has dominated the weather and impacted on the ripening of the grapes. In tropical conditions, the vineyard team has trimmed the sides and tops of the vines and then applied and pinned down the edges of multi-row netting to discourage birds. Ongoing work involves constantly maintaining the vines to open the fruit to sunlight and wind to facilitate drying and ripening.
Harvesting began in early March with Chardonnay and Pinot Gris, and we look forward to better weather to help ripen the red varieties – Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Montepulciano and Syrah.
Following harvest we will rewind and store the bird nets, apply a post-harvest spray to the grapevines and then maintain and repair the machinery and the trellis which supports the grapevines.