Pruning in Gusbourne
March 2nd, 2015 by
At the beginning of February, we rounded up a group of keen customers and headed off to the Kentish countryside on a day trip to visit Gusbourne Estate in Appledore. A day of terrifically dramatic weather (all four seasons made an appearance: sunshine, hail, snow, rain) made for an all-the-more-authentic Winter Pruning experience with Gusbourne’s head viticulturist, Jon Pollard.
Winter Pruning, one of the main focus’ of viticulturists at the moment, is a fascinating task of often under-estimated importance. It was interesting to see how decisions made would affect the growth and fruit quality of several years to come. What responsibility to be entrusted with the secateurs! There doesn’t really seem to be much of an exact science behind vine pruning; each plant has to be considered individually as to which canes or spurs to save for next year and what will become the most promising buds.
Thankfully we didn’t wreak too much havoc in the vineyard, and winemaker, Charlie Holland, did let us back inside his winery for a tour and exciting tasting of vins clairs. Then it was upstairs for lunch – a magnificent buffet of home-made goodies accompanied by delicious Gusbourne Blanc de Noirs – and wine tasting. The Late Disgorged Blanc de Blancs 2007 rounded the trip off very nicely, highlighting what English Sparkling wine can achieve with that bit longer on the lees.