The process of pruning at Creation Wines


At the time of writing the picturesque Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge is clad in cloaks of magical mist. Although the vines are slumbering in their deep winter hibernation, work in the vineyards never ceases. Pre-pruning (also known as ‘borselkop’ pruning) is now the order of the day and according to assistant winemaker Michael Malan this process makes the shoots more manageable during the final pruning, just before spring.  Michael comments:

Pruning is a highly scientific practice and a vital factor in the cycle of grape and wine production. This is where you set the standard for fruit quality. One has to ask a few questions, such as: What is the vigour of the soils and the vines? How many tonnes per hectare do we want? What is the cultivar we are working with? What is the age of the vineyard and what is the style of wine we have in mind for this vineyard?  

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