It was Shiraz varietal picked at 28.5 Brix, to be used for port-style wine. Crush season is now closed. One month after harvest, the grapevines are now preparing for their dormant period. The color of the leaves turn to yellowish and red before they are shed in November. We have stopped irrigation a few weeks ago. Here and there you'll find a shriveled cluster of grapes, looking more and more like raisins. And, by the way, they taste like raisins too. Added a picture on the photos page.
Work in the vineyard is now reduced to cleaning up weeds, mowing and mulching. Our soil appears to be nutrient deficient, so we need fertilizer applications. And then there is the increasing gopher population (yes, they're back) that needs control.
We have a few dead vines that did not spring back to life this season. They will need to be removed so we can replant in May when we start irrigation again.