"Wild White" or Sauvignon Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc is a green-skinned grape variety that originates from the Bordeaux region of France. The grape most likely gets its name from the French words sauvage and blanc due to its early origins as an indigenous grape in South West France.
Mark and his team are pulling leaves on the Sauvignon Blanc vines to ensure that the grapes achieve optimum ripeness. Proper leaf removal can accomplish the following:
- Improve air circulation
- Expose the fruit to more sunlight
- Improve flavor compounds, color and bud fertility
It's important that an adequate number of leaves remain on the shoot to produce carbohydrates to support vine growth, fruit development and ripening. Having the necessary energy stores, will allow the vines to develop reserves for overwintering and bud winter hardiness. It only requires the removal of a few leaves from around the fruiting zone to achieve the desired affect but with a total of 30,000 vines, timing is critical to ensure that each vine receives the appropriate amount of sunlight.
Sauvignon Blanc is the first grape to ripen each year, typically around September 1. The countdown starts - we're only six weeks away from the start of harvest!!