Pruning is the most important operation performed during winter dormancy as it affects several aspects of vine growth. The timing of pruning can often influence how early or late in spring bud break occurs which in turn will influence harvest date in the following vintage. Winter pruning can thus be viewed as an investment in the following year’s crop.
The most obvious result of pruning is greater control over fruit producing parts of vines, but pruning is also a significant tool for balancing vegetative growth with fruiting. A healthy canopy is essential for the development of the fruit and the pruning of young vineyards has a direct influence on the root mass that develops. Vineyards are also pruned to suit the training system that is deemed optimal for a specific cultivar on a specific site – the most economical way to establish and maintain a vineyard that is efficient and sustainable, optimising the use of available sunlight and promoting productivity. Click here to read more.
Creation Celebrates CVC Membership
Good news from our beautiful estate on the lofty Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge is the fact that we have recently attained the coveted Cape Vintner Classification (CVC). This independent body is committed to the accreditation, governance, representation and promotion of distinctive, regional site-specific Cape wines and at Creation we are proud to have met their stringent set of criteria. These comprise estate ownership and an independent audit and evaluation of technical and environmental standards, cellar door facilities, ethical matters and wine quality.
The CVC vision is to express the diversity of the Cape Winelands through distinctive site-specific estate wines that capture the natural beauty of the environment in which they are grown. This is directly in line with Creation cellarmaster Jean-Claude Martin’s philosophy of ‘enhancing the beauty of nature’ and the Creation mission of ‘harnessing the rich gifts of nature and our unique terroir to reward the wine lover with wines of rare balance, elegance, distinction and finesse’.
“The Cape Vintner Classification is a symbol of quality for world-class Cape wines and at Creation we are delighted to have earned this distinction,” says Creation marketing director, Carolyn Martin. To find out more about the CVC, click here.
Creation at Lake Constance
JC and Carolyn Martin, the dynamic team behind Creation, are currently visiting various trade and private clients throughout Europe – a trip which has coincided with one of the warmest summers in recent memory with temperatures in the high 30s!
On this photograph they can be seen at Lake Constance, meeting up with agents and top winemakers from the continent while making the most of the fantastic weather. Lake Constance – or ‘Bodensee’ in the local German – borders Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It is fed by the Rhine and composed of two connected parts, the Untersee (lower lake) and the larger Obersee (upper lake). Ringed by resort towns, it is a popular summer destination for sailing, windsurfing and swimming.
Wine Words of the Week: Cordons, Spurs and Canes
Using a VSP (Vertical Shoot Positioning) system of training and trellising our vines, there are three important parts of a vine that go a long way towards determining the vine architecture and yield. The permanent horizontal growth is known as a cordon – from the cordon there are a number of spurs, usually spaced about one hand’s width apart. It is from these spurs that the fruit bearing canes will grow each year.