This is a follow-up from the previous post Adopt a Vine.
Gifted Tokaj vigneron Samuel Tinon charts the life of a traditionally cultivated vine planted on the slopes of the classified vineyard of Hatari between the villages of Olaszliszka and Erdőbénye in the year of 2013. It is a vine that our band of merry Blue Danubian’s selected on their trip this past January to the legendary appellation to be charted through the vintage. Here are his photos and his words.
September 4 2013,
6:00AM at sunrise. Wonderful! We are very close to having a top dry furmint base and start studying the terroir of a first class vineyard. Also, we have to decide today wether to harvest next week for an Auction lot in 2014. Only one week to wait.
We had another GOOD rain on September 1st.
August 8 2013,
This summer is too hot and I have a bad feeling about this. Even the color of the vine in the picture indicates that it is too dry and hot.
August 25 2013,
These pictures were made just before the first quality rain (around 30l/m2)… The vintage starts to move in a very good direction. The Orbánc is stopped.
August 28 2013,
With a group of top sommeliers from Germany. Nice conversation around your vine…:):):)
July 31 2013,
July was just hot and sunny. Our first good rain came only yesterday (30 liters/m2) (see the picture below). The flowering result is ok but notice some huge differences in berry size. The vines also caught Orbánc (this is unusual and I am trying to stop it).
One month to go and then we will have some sugar in the berries.
Flowering… this is GOOD news, for You, For Me, for All. From now on, we can estimate 100 days to get mature grapes, which takes us to around september 10th…
This is just prefect, not too early, not too late. If we have some good rain at the equinox, it will be in the pocket.
Mother nature is doing its job. You can see the berries now.
To be honest, I am scared about the weather situation: some crops were totally destroyed last week by botrytis! Botrytis was on the grape, before flowering, like in 2010. Today we finished our second spray.
We will have some almond, cherry and wild strawberry too…
I will send you a photo every other day as this is actually too much work.
You can already notice the new grapes.
Meanwhile, the second market started yesterday following the auction. I’ll call you tomorrow.
Good luck with today’s wine presentation.
Keep going… Hopefully, we will have time to clean up your vine this weekend.
13 April 2013
Spring arrived in Europe on Saturday 13th. In less than 2 weeks, nature exploded and we believe again: a crop is possibly coming along.
Just in time.
With this temperature, we’ll be busy next week on all fronts.
Next Saturday, on April 27th, we’ll have our Tokaj Spring Wine Auction. The Gala is fully booked. And we are closing today for the blind tasting.
Probably lucky with the weather.
29 April 2013
We have a huge acceleration of vine growth thanks to ideal temperatures (30°C-18°C), which gives the plant a phenomenal growing potential.
So that I can share this feeling with you, I’ll try to send you a picture every day this week.
Last Saturday, on April 27th, we had our First Tokaj wine auction and it was a complete success:
More news tomorrow.