Death in the Vineyard

Age takes its toll

Every Spring we see that the ravages of time and disease have taken their toll: some vines have not made it over  Winter. In most cases it is age and circumstances below the surface.  In other cases it is disease, such as Eutypa or phomopsis, both difficult to control and passed on through pruning.

Once  vine dies in an established vineyard, it cannot be replaced by a fresh rootling, as its neighbours will not let it grow.  The only way is to take a cane from the next vine and ‘layer’ it.  Such a layer is visible in the photo below of Lily; however, in this case, the donor vine has died.  Such is life!  Fortunately, we do not lose very many vines.  All the vines pictured are Chardonnay.

Bruce

Bruce

 

Samantha

Samantha

George

George

Lily

Lily

About Stuart

Born Bushey Herts UK in 1945. Migrated to Australia 1949. Schooled in Launceston Tas. Served in the RAAF 1963-1986 initially as an instrument mechanic, graduating from 64 pilots course in 1968. Service in Vietnam 1971. Graduate: Navy Staff College in 1984. Retired as Wing Commander 1986. Graduate: Charles Sturt University 1987 with BAppSc (Wine Science). A decade of wine politics 1987 - 2007 including state president (Tas) and national vice-president of the Winemakers Federation of Australia. State services member: Veterans Review Board 1991 - 2015 and chairman of Life Education Tasmania Inc 2007 - 2013. Passionate about wine; keen trekker in PNG; military history.
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