Throughout the growing season Meteor Vineyard winemaker, Dawnine Dyer, and vineyard manager, Mike Wolf constantly check out the progess in the vineyard. With fruit set complete now, it's a good time to get a preliminary look at where we are early on in the season.
It was a very dry winter, but the timely late rains gave the vineyard very good early growth without having to do any supplemental irrigation. The property saw virtually no frost issues this year.
The late rains did create some logistical problems with weed control and incorportation of cover crops, but the vineyard is beginning to look great now.
Since the beginning of June they have been noticing a fairly average crop for the 2014 season. Our clone 4 cabernet sauvignon might be a little light this year, with our smallest clone, 337 shows a little shatter.
“Bloom set progressed normally with cooperative weather and it looks like another generous, but not huge crop-a little surprising after the 2012 and 2013 harvests and the dry winter,” Wolf said.
“There is some shatter and we’ll need to see the berry growth before we know the impact on cluster size but should have a well developed strategy on thinning,” Dyer said.
The soils are drying throughout the property but, no need to irrigate yet, which is good, as it will help keep the berry size small.
Dawnine says at this point the crops seem to be settled into a fairly normal pattern, although she does not believe the canopy is quite as lush as usual.
“We are in the middle of our canopy management work to ensure proper exposure of every cluster to promote uniform ripening. Next step will be crop thinning to make sure there is proper balance of fruit to canopy on every vine,” Wolf said.
Mike says so far it’s a very early season, at least a week to ten days ahead of last year with no real hot weather yet.