The rewards and frustrations of home winemaking

Syrah Update from Live Oak Vineyard

Got an email from Mike Hoffman yesterday.  He took several random samples from his upper vineyard “Cima Sur” and the lower vineyard “Este”.  As usual, the upper vineyard has a slightly higher brix reading average of 19 brix, and the lower vineyard is currently at average 17.6 brix.  We are shooting for around 23-24 brix average between the 2 vineyard plots, and he estimates harvest will be in about 4 weeks, around September 10th.  He’ll send over TA and pH readings as the grapes are closer to target brix.  Looking forward to this year’s vintage!

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