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Now Now that the cold temperatures have set in, the vines go into dormancy for the winter months. This is the time of year to cut back all of the 2009 growth, so that in 2010 there will be controlled new growth. Two to three canes (canes are the shoots from 2009 that have hardened into wood) will be kept per vine. Two are kept for the next year’s growth. In cool climates it is good idea to keep three canes for insurance purposes against winter damage. It's a tricky task, almost like a puzzle. It is important to cut the right canes, because they can't be glued back on.
In the photo above, Kyp the Vineyard Manager, is pruning Marechal Foch. The canes from two rows will be kept in one aisle so that they are easy to collect and take to the compost pile.
The last bin of Cabernet Sauvignon was crushed today. All the juice and must is now in the cellar. The winery is alive with the sweet scent of grape juice and the yeasty aromas of the fermentations. The 2009 vintage is looking to be a good year. There were less grapes due to the winter damage of 2008/2009. Frost set in earlier than usual (mid October), encouraging an early harvest. Despite the hurry, the quality is top notch.
The wine shop is open as long as we are down in the cellar working on the wines. To avoid disappointment, call ahead. 250.769.9224
The estate certified organic Pinot Gris was harvested on October 4th the same morning the moon was full. The fruit was was perfect. Harvesting by the moon is a biodynamic practice. Rollingdale is not biodynamic, but it is a thought for future farming. Below, a bin of healthy hand harvested Pinot Gris clusters.
The 2009 crush began on September 29th with estate harvested Marechal Foch. Today Chardonnay was crushed and pressed and Merlot was crushed from Stoney Slopes Vineyard, OK Falls. The brix are up, the fruit is clean and healthy - 2009 is promising to be an outstanding vintage. The harvest excitement will continue to be updated via blog so stay tuned! If you’re in the area stop by to experience the action!
Above, Steve, Kyp and Joe are crushing Chardonnay.
Introducing Rollingdale’s newest pet. He isn’t very cuddly and he has to maintain a strict diet of helium but we’re very fond of him. His name is Vigilante and he spends his days hovering over our vineyard scaring the not-so-smart and somewhat visually impaired starlings away. Silly looking balloon or terrifying predator? It’s all in the eyes of the beholder.
Kelowna.com produced an online video series: "9 Weeks of Summer". The clips showcase the local summer activities around Kelowna. A trip to Rollingdale Winery is on the list! Check out the video at: www.kelowna.com/2009/08/01/nine-weeks-video-rollingdale-winery-small-but-fun/
Alarming forests fires quickly spread in West Kelowna in mid July. The air was thick with smoke and evacuactions were in process. The fire fighters quickly took the situation under control. While the fire in nearby Fintry is still very worrisome, West Kelowna is a safe area to visit. The wine industry was lightly affected. Rollingdale is open with regular summer hours. 10a.m. - 6p.m. Monday through Sunday. Fire updates can be checked at www.westsidetourism.com/traveltips-display.php . Highway updates can be checked at: www.drivebc.ca . Wishing you a safe and happy summer!
Some photos by Steve of the Glenrosa fire:
We started working on our website in 2009. We were looking to revamp our existing site, freshen up the graphics and add superior e-commerce capability. Let us know what you think of our new site design. Below are pictures of the new and new site designs.