The Waiting and Testing Game

At this point in the year, the spraying is done, the maintenance is done and the preparation is hopefully done. Now it becomes a watering and waiting game. As the growing year nears its end, the numbers we rely on for testing and deciding our harvest date is under the control of our watering. To balance the acidity and sugar content, or brix, of fruit, watering must be carefully managed to allow these numbers to rise and fall into specific ranges for each. Too much watering can drop the acid but not allow the brix to rise enough, but also not enough watering can cause the brix to rise too much without the acid levels dropping. It is weeks of constant testing and adjusting, just like the winemaking process itself.