This time of the year as the weather starts to warm up the shoots are growing very quickly. As the shoots get longer the small unfertilised flowers that appear as miniature bunches of grapes become easier to see.
It’s possible to count them to get a potential estimate of the amount of fruit we may get at harvest however nothing is certain until after flowering which is in a few weeks time when the flowers start to become berries.
Spring & Summer in Marlborough is all about bud burst and the vine growth. This is the beginning of a sequence of events that repeats annualy and ultimately results in the harvest of ripe grapes for winemaking.
Cheers Glenn, Winemaker