The most visual change for our visitors is the first 16 rows in the block of Chenin Blanc next to the cellar door which had a drastic pruning during the winter of 2015. At first they were 'cut-off' trunks. Then in December 2015 the grafts were implanted 2 per vine. This was budwood from improved clones of merlot and cabernet sauvignon sourced specifically to improve the quality of our wines. The chenin then tried growing back from the bottom of the trunks only to be removed in January 2016. Now the new shoots are growing madly from the grafted buds and changing the mix of our vineyard.
The first 6 rows have been grafted to Merlot 181 clone and the next 10 rows grafted to Cabernet Sauvignon 337 clone to provide improved quality and increased quantity of fruit for our Cabernet and Cabernet Merlot blend. For those of you who have visited a number of times over the summer months you will have seen the rapid change in these vines. By 2017 we will be reaping the benefit of this changeover and the view from the restaurant will be restored. Enjoy the progress.