Saturday, September 21, 2013

Out, damned methoxypyrazines...

...out, I say!  The past two afternoons have found me leaf-pulling (east side only) in the Cabernet Sauvignon (CS) vines.  CS tends to have high levels of methoxypyrazines; a class of chemical compounds responsible for the characteristic green, herbaceous, or vegetative aromas found in CS (and Sauvignon blanc).  So in an attempt to banish a little more of those undesirable flavours I have been removing leaves in the fruit zone to maximise UV penetration.  That was until today when almost an inch of rain fell in just 3 hours.  At least here, unlike in England, the rain falls straight down, so one can get out of its way.  So that's exactly what the Vinodogs and I did, stayed out of the rain.
Roll on tomorrow.

8 comments:

Dennis Tsiorbas said...

Vinogirl, I too damn those mythoxypyrazines:-)
Their infamy will go down into the pit of the chronicle of sulfur 8-/

Thomas said...

An inch in there hours--we haven't seen rain like that around here in a long, long time.

Thomas said...

Make that "there" into "three" and you've got it.

Vinogirl said...

NHW: Yea, give me a fruity wine, over a vegetal wine, everytime!

Tomasso: It was an impressive amount of rain in a very short period of time. What I wasn't impressed by was the Vinodog's muddy feet...a lot of the vineyard came indoors!!!

Thud said...

Ah, sideways rain, Gods gift to England.

About Last Weekend said...

So in England the rain was much more wetting I noticed , did it come down horizontal?

Thud said...

AlW....it hits from every direction with it taking great delight in blowing up ones trouser legs!

Vinogirl said...

Thud & ALW: But the payoff is the lovely green, English countryside (isn't it?), like no where else on earth.