5 Gallons of Madeleine Angevine
We had a very heavy rain last night and it pretty well stripped all the leaves off all the grapevines.
Raven's Call Vineyard Nov-2020I am leaving the few clusters on the individual plants that did not have enough fruit to pick and ferment. I'm trying to better understand how long the fruit can hang in this cold rainy climate before it splits and rots, or if it will still get higher sugar content. The Pinot Blanc started splitting in the rain, even though the Brix is not that high (individual berries today tested at about 14 Brix..).
Pinot Blanc Nov-10The grafted Zweigelt-rebe also seems to have thin skins - many berries are splitting.
The grape that is surprising me is the Pinot Noir. They just keep hanging in there - no splitting, no rot. They are beautiful.
Pinot Noir 07-Nov-10
The problem is... they are not developing any higher sugar content. The Brix is still testing right around 17. Not great, but apparently with temperatures in the 50 to 60's for highs, they are simply not going to do any better. But they sure are pretty.