I had an early Christmas present in the form of 20mm of rainfall so I’m storing this up for the not so festive dry spell ahead.
I’ve had no choice but to drop even more of my grapes as my berries are very small – and they will need all the strength they can muster to cope with the lack of moisture in the soil.
Luckily though, according to my personal weather station located in Paarl, and compared to my contemporaries in Wellington, my evenings are just a little bit cooler which gives me, my leaves and my grapes, a chance to recover and prepare for the following hot day. A good night’s sleep really helps with my quality and colour. So I wish you a holiday season filled with quality and colour too.
Merry Christmas from us all at Perdeberg Winery!
This picture shows me with my new, pretty little summer trim.
Perdeberg vineyards have received 300mm less rainfall than normal this last winter. The weather people are talking about this being an “El Nino” year. Compared to 2014, when the rainfall levels were 636.8mm and this year they were just 400mm. Vines like Prudence deal with the stress and draw deep into the ground for water.