Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Shattered

This is what crappy weather during your flowering period can do to your crop;


The cluster on the left is more representative of what should be happening - almost every flower was pollinated and has "set" a berry into developement. The right cluster was open (flowering) during the lousy weather we had a few weeks ago, and that kept it from being able to pollinate.

The result? Visually you can see that at the very least the cluster on the right is behind...but it's worse than just that. Those shattered berries will never develop. At the time of harvest they'll still be just the same little green BB's they are here. Thankfully, if they get picked and sent in with good fruit, they pass through the crushers untouched. So they usually don't adversely affect the wines. The bad news is that those clusters are wasted effort, and a true loss to the grower.

More rain is forecast for later this week. It won't be the end of the world, but it will be more work for the growers and vintners this year.
Enough is enough already! Mon Dieu!

2 Comments:

Blogger Tom said...

I smell small crop. Not a bad thing for the market, but the growers could use more.

June 15, 2005 11:56 AM  
Blogger Huge said...

Well Tom, there are cetainly plenty of clusters out there right now, perhaps a bit more than "normal".
If Nature's taking a few back through bad weather maybe we'll end up about even, eh?

I'm just sick of this rain.
Enough already.

/huge

June 16, 2005 5:25 PM  

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