After the frost

Five weeks after the April frost what does the vineyard look like?

Chateau Feely Saussignac Frost damage April 2017

Photo at right is the small triangle of merlot worst hit just after the frost and below it is the same small section taken this morning 5 June 2017. So the vines are starting to grow back but they won’t produce any fruit.

The photo above shows a cabernet sauvignon vine where the left hand cane didn’t get frosted and is at the top of the trellis and the rest are barely off the first wire.

The frosted vines in the header photo look like they would usually look in April but it is already early June.

For those canes that made it through the frost unscathed it is that beautiful delicate moment in the year where flowers turn into fruit given the right conditions. Photo below right is a bunch of cabernet sauvignon in progress.

See my initial post about the frost and the follow up about what the frost meant for our vintage 2017.
Learn more about wine with out Wine school  or read Caro’s books Grape Expectations ,  Saving our Skins and latest book Glass Half Full to learn more about wine and the story of building an organic vineyard.

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Grape Expectations: A Family’s Vineyard Adventure in France (Caro Feely Book 1).

Saving Our Skins: Building a Vineyard Dream in France ( Caro Feely book 2 )

Glass Half Full: The Ups and Downs of Vineyard Life in France (Caro Feely Book 3).

Summersdale publishers have also made the 3 book series available as a bundle for the UK market Caro Feely (3 Book Series).

You can also find Caro’s easy reading book on Wine here:
Wine: The Essential Guide to Tasting, History, Culture and More by Caro Feely (2015-11-12)

To get a sense of the books see our blog posts on the series

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