Winter in the Vines

Posted by Jane Leckie. Filed under Vineyard

Morning dew

At She-Oak Hill we opt for labor intensive cane pruning of our vines to ensure balance and flavour enhancement of our wine. For the first time in 36 years Laurie has agreed to some assistance with the pruning. We have worked quite quickly through the old block and been blessed with reasonable weather conditions. The mornings can be cold and frosty but the dew on the wires and spider webs sparkled like diamonds last weekend as we worked to wrap the new canes down on the wires. Despite the hours pruning requires there is always time in the evening to enjoy the company of friends and some wonderful meals. On Saturday Russell’s lamb shanks and a beautifully balanced 2004 Passing Clouds were a true highlight.

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