jamie goode's wine blog: Margaret River

Friday, April 13, 2007

Margaret River

Just checking in from Perth airport, en route to Exmouth. We've had a wonderful few days in the Margaret River region - I squeezed in two full days of winery visits, all of which proved very successful. I can't remember a trip where I had such a high strike rate of exceptional visits, including Leeuwin, Moss Wood, Cullens, McHenry Hohnen, Cape Mentelle, Xanadu, Howard Park, Fermoy (hope I haven't left any out).
The great thing about Margaret River is that it's just 10 minutes from fantastic beaches, and you don't have to compromise on the wine at all: I've tasted some really world class wines here. More later. For now, a picture of one of the Moss Wood vineyards. What can you tell me about this picture?

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At 2:10 AM, Blogger Irving said...

Looks like bilateral cordon VSP, 1.5-2m x 2-3m spacing, north-south orientation. Red-brown loam topsoil (rich in iron?), cover-crop, cannot see any drip irrigation, so dry farming perhaps. Quite a lot of foliage versus fruit though (green-harvested?), with fruiting zone at about 1m. Interesting to see some leaves pointing down instead of up (to shade the fruit from the sun?).

At 9:18 AM, Blogger Jamie said...

Pretty good Irving

I'd add that it's Scott Henry, with downward as well as upward canopy - each vine is pruned to four canes, the lower two forming the downward canopy. It's a way to manage very vigorous vines to ensure there's still fruit sun exposure

At 2:48 PM, Anonymous Maurice said...

All very technical gentleman. Probably needless to add that it is Cabernet Sauvignon, the variety that makes Moss Woods flagship wines, one of Australia's benchmark wines.

At 5:45 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Yes, Maurice, although Moss Wood's top vineyard is unirrigated with old vines and a single wire - no dual canopy needed because the vigour is natually controlled.


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