The vines are in very good health, thanks to a long, warm spell followed (just in time) by rain. The same rain is less welcome now, in early August, but it has helped growth, the availability of nutrients and establishment of root systems. So, for all the difficulties in getting the tractor and sprayer out in the mud, the vines just keep growing! So much so that the second and final shoot tipping is just coming to an end. It’s a big job on a large vineyard at the best of times, but the April frost has meant that vines have been developing at different speeds in different places, and every job has required at least two ‘passes’. Still, we will look back and think of it as a successful season, and the vines did what they had to do in their second year!