Mac picking Syrah and weighing clusters for lag weights. The information collected from lag weights helps us to predict our crop load. From this we can determine if we need to remove more grapes from the vine. Quality is a direct correlation with crop size, a smaller crop usually means the potential for higher quality wines. Higher quality wines start with more expensive grapes because of the location, a lower tonnage, extra hand labor and the necessity of getting all operations completed in a timely fashion.
Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon with grapes exposed to the early morning light after leaf removal.