With the year drawing to a close and the 2019 harvest approaching, there is a great deal of change and excitement breezing through the vineyards and cellar at Glenelly.
Canopy management is an important aspect of viticulture due to its effect on grape yields, quality and vigour. Some of the tasks they focus on include the tipping of the vines to ensure much needed energy is redirected to the fruit and breaking away the side shoots and leaves of the vines to allow for better airflow to cool down the grapes and prevent any diseases. This process also enables sunlight to reach the fruit for improved colour and flavour.
Glenelly’s early ripening grape varieties will start with veraison, the onset of ripening, in the next month. At this stage the grapes officially end their growth phase and focus all their energy into the berry clusters. The berries start to change colour, the red varietals’ fruit changing from green to pink to red and white grapes losing their vivid bright green colouring, becoming more yellow in hue. The berries also become softer, accumulate sugar and lose acidity and begin to taste fruity and sweet. Consistency of ripening from berry to berry, from cluster to cluster and vine to vine, across the entire vineyard block creates a better wine. Once most of the bunches have ripened, unevenly ripened bunches will be removed from the vine before harvest.
The cellar team is also hard at work testing, servicing and preparing all the equipment for harvest.
Glenelly is anticipating a very positive 2019 harvest thanks to substantial rainfall hot on the heels of a lengthy drought. The cold wet winter and mild 2018 summer has resulted in a beautiful slow growing season in the vineyards. The grapes are smaller with concentrated juices, healthy and of good quality.