Peter Falke Alani Syrah grapes are grown on Vine by Post, or in the winelands known as ’Stok by Paaltjie’…

Peter Falke Alani Syrah grapes are grown on Vine by Post trellis

Vine by Post is an economical way to use land effectively as it increases the number of wines per hectare. The system which comprises a single pine Pole buried upright, and a bush vine planted next to it. Air flow is very important, normal trellising systems can restrict air flow. Trellising requires unique Viticultural skills which the vine by post do not require, however it is very labour intensive. The vineyards are normally on a slope steeper than usual. Cooling breezes up from False Bay ameliorate Summer heat in the vineyards in the Helderberg which are collectively known as The Golden Triangle.

A row of Vine by Post Syrah Vines

The Syrah Vines were planted in 2010 and they deliver 8 tons of quality grapes per hectare. Werner Schrenk, the Estate’s General Manager and Winemaker says it is a trellising that he would not do on a large scale. The greater hands-on labour commitment when compared to VSP trellis systems is as a result “keeping your hand on it.” However, there are different methods of vine by pole. The method and cultivar determine the workload. ‘Our method is basically a bush vine whose shoots are tied to the pole. With Syrah that has strong growth and fairly soft shoots, you have to regularly tie it down otherwise the wind will play havoc.’

Werner Schrenk of Peter Falke Wines performing a pump over

It is not something that Werner will do on a large scale. ‘Definitely need more hands on labour than VSP trellis systems and you should keep your hand on it. However, there are different methods of vine by pole. The method and cultivar determine the workload. Our method is basically a bush vine whose shoots are tied to the pole. With Syrah that has strong growth and fairly soft shoots, you have to regularly tie it down otherwise the wind will play havoc.’

Winemaking proceeds as normal in the winery with the grapes off these vines being used in the Peter Falke Alani Syrah 2017.

Beautiful buildings on Groenvlei Farm

Peter Falke Wines on Groenvlei Farm on the Annandale Road is well worth a visit. Add it to your post lockdown ‘must visit’ places. Sublime wines accompanied by delicious simple dishes and comfortable outside seating on a good Winter’s Day are, as they say in the Guide Michelin ‘well worth the drive.

Vine by Post planting to improve air flow

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