At Villa La Ripa at the end of July, we conducted the thinning of Syrah vines.
The thinning out consists in the elimination of some bunches that will not be used for the vinification. We have eliminated the less mature bunches or the ones that have defects to leave only the best grapes on the plant, which will absorb more nutrients and ripen more quickly. Here is an image below that shows you our vines before and after the thinning-out process.
Another important intervention that we carried out at the end of August is the leaf removal. But why do we do it? What are the benefits? Is it important for the quality of the wine? The main advantages are the achievement of a better aeration, and therefore a lower incidence of fungalattacks, as well as theachievement of a better exposure to the sunlight.
In this way, the bunches, no longer covered by the leaves, finish the maturation and we will have an activation of the genes, which are linked to the synthesis of theanthocyanins. These are important molecules (polyphenols), which are contained in the grape skins, that regulate the color, structure, and aromas of the grapes and wines.
Here are some photos, which were taken at Villa La Ripa before and after the defoliation. Notice the difference. At this point, we are also ready to harvest our Syrah vines. We only wait for the chemical and organoleptic analysis to show us the perfect degree of ripenessof the grapes. We almost there. We keep you updated!