Sole Parent with MS starting, trying to get four kids out into the wide blue world. Score: one in the wild, one nearly finding wings- two to go...Also- cook... windsurfer that needs to be a better amateur meteorologist, winemaker plus, keen paid geologist, MS, RC hobbiest
The Portable Vineyard was finally weeded, tended, fixed, fertilized and mulched. There were new buds on the potted vines on 1 September, and now the established vines are budding too
The nursery plants were also fixed up, with some re-potted.
Chardonnay and Pinot 2010
What is it?
Last count was 29 Shiraz/Syrah vines in pots at various stages- 15 fruiting vines, the rest the nursery vines. There are also 6 chardonnay and 2 Pinot Noir vines along the veranda that are producing, the birds got last years chardonnay, and the liter of pinot wine turned to vinegar, but it was a great red wine vinegar! there was a real sense of achievement when spaghetti bolognaise tasted just fine with it added.
In a addition to the potted vines are the original 6 vines planted in 1999 out along the back fence (4) and next to the shed/bungalow (2). These are the origins of the Portable Vines, cuttings propagation.
Last year I managed to coax enough fruit for 5 liters, or nearly 6 bottles of shiraz, and the same this year.
The wine from last year was really nice, I don't think any is left to mature more than a year! I could be wrong... I will have to check the Micro Wine Cellar. I am pretty sure there is none in the Alcoholery*!
[ *That's the Beer/Wine/Spirit Making Shed, abbreviated from "Brewery/Winery/Distillery Ex-car Garage". ]
When we bought the place (1998) there was a vine against the garage. After the first summer there was HEAPS of grapes. I asked a home brew shop owner what could I do with it. I had to buy a beer brewing kit, and also enough ingredients to make Milk Stout.
So that is why I make wine at home.
From a book published in Australia, I learnt that about 50 wine grape vines would be a fine idea to make enough for a years consumption- up to 50 bottles a year I think was the idea, but when you only have a quarter acre, you have to compromise... So when pruning three year old vines, I kept them to make cuttings propgation, and that started it all.
Now Ihave a shelf full of wine making and beer brewing books.
A garage full of brewing equipment. And bottling stuff and Bottles...
I read about Canadian Ice Wine- a sweet wine made by letting the berries freeze, and squeezing the unfrozen juice out to ferment. The vines were grown in old barrels, cut in half and mounted on trolleys! I guess that this was so that they could be wheeled in and out of the barn or green house for winter.
So that is why it is a Portable Vineyard, if I have to sell up, it all comes with me!