Vineyard Update | Early Bloom
The last few hot days have witnessed flowering in the Petit Verdot block here at Upper Shirley, likely well before our Gordonsville vineyard and the rest of our friends in Charlottesville. The tiny caps fall releasing pollen to fertilize the flowers; vitis vinifera (French varieties we grow) grapes are self-pollinating.* This is critical phase for the vine as this process leads to fruit set, where the fertilized flower makes a berry to protect its seed. Not all flowers make it to be berries and bad weather can make the situation worse. We are busy removing excess vegetation (shoot thinning and leaf pulling) to get the future berries the right balance of sunlight and air.
*In one of infidelity’s finer moments, the most planted grape in the world Cabernet Sauvignon is a cross of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. The cross occurred in France in the 1800’s, likely the result of chance.