Growing better pinot noir – Introduction
Pinot noir is one of the oldest grapes grown for making wine. A good bottle of pinot noir can be difficult to produce. The grape vine is susceptible to frost, viruses and birds. The wine can ferment violently and uncontrollably in production, and the flavour depends on the “flavour of the soil”. Vincent was interested in using environmentally friendly treatments of the soil under pinot noir vines. He compared a standard herbicide with two greener alternatives: straw mulch and compost.
The key question Vincent wanted to answer was:
- Did the under vine treatment influence the vine yield and wine quality?
|Winter||Under vine treatments applied. Data collection commences.|
|2001||Autumn||First grape harvest after treatment.|
|Winter||First pruning after treatment.|
|Spring||First treatment top up; vine growth monitored.|
|Summer||First soil & leaf stalk samples collected.|
|2002||Autumn||Second grape harvest after treatment.|
|Winter||Data analysis commences; second pruning after treatment.|
|Spring||Vine growth monitored.|
|Summer||Second soil & leaf stalk samples collected.|
|2003||Autumn||Third grape harvest after treatment.|
|Winter||Third pruning after treatment; field trial ends.|
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