Monday, March 19, 2012

Vines and Green Trilogy

Coconut husk pot to ceramic pot!
Syrah new bud!
After some craigslisting of pots, here are the Syrahs from Campo in their 'new' home! Previously they had been planted in the coconut husk 'pots' I had so now they will be happier in a bigger space! Eventually as they grow bigger, bigger pots will be needed but that is roughly two years from now. The Syrahs have been growing their buds off as I see them poking out more and more. I am excited to learn how to take care of these Syrahs and to watch them grow in general! It will take awhile but it will be a fun learning journey.

Here is a e-How step by step how to grow Syrah grapes!
New home!

An article on growing Syrahs from Peay Vineyards:

Growing Cool Climate Syrah:

Notes from Winegrower Nick Peay

On the face of it, growing Syrah is a farmer's dream. Relative to other varieties we grow, Syrah reaches for the sky, sets well and is resistant to most adverse weather. Despite this, there are many factors that dictate the quality of the resulting fruit and wine, and this is where we focus our energies as winegrowers and winemakers.

One of the most often discussed subjects among wine drinkers and growers is clonal selection. In the final weeks of ripening, we repeatedly taste the fruit hanging on the vine. This is one of the times when the different clones clearly express themselves. I was asked recently what my favorite clone was and I truly couldn't say, but the differences do express themselves, both in the flavor of the ripening berry, and the flavor of the aging wine. So far we have been making Syrah from the three clones planted in 1998 and will vinify our first lots from two of the three additional clones in the 2003 vintage. While I can taste the difference in the Syrah grapes and in the wine, I am not at all certain that clonal distinctions are as dramatic in Syrah as they are in Pinot noir (which we also grow). That said, we are avidly in pursuit of complexity, of subtlety and nuance, and the variety of shadings of Syrah flavor that we obtain from the different clones is important.

Though Syrah can be grown in a wide range of climates, we contend that Syrah best expresses itself in relatively cooler temperatures. ...  Read more.

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Apart from the Syrahs, the greens are sprouting! The Mesclun salad made it up first followed by the Marketmore cucumber! Who will be next? It is pretty exciting to watch this little things grow each day. Before you know it, they will be big enough to be potted! Until then!

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