Tuesday, 28 August 2012
Late August - but looks like mid-summer
An illusion of bounty as veraison begins at Tixover in 2012. This is Acolon which this year has put up a spirited fight against the weather. The soil is argilo-calcaireous-clay/limestone-but the mix sticks to gravelly French proportions.
The removal of the leaves adjacent to the 2nd cluster and the node immediately above creates a window for the slanting rays of the sun. We pull leaves at fruit set, when intrabunch shading is minimal. Shoots are topped at 15 nodes, so the removal of these two primaries should be compensated for by the remaining leaves and the growth of laterals.