The Morgan Sweet apple variety

Our Morgan Sweet are suffering from the Westerly Winds.  I really should have pruned the orchard during the winter of 2019 but just ran out of time.  It's a priority for Winter 2020.  The Morgan Sweet are a little inconsistent, half a dozen trees have nothing, but the rest are laden.   

June/July/August 2019

We are now bud rubbing, tucking the vines into the wires and cutting the grass under the vines.  We are using a lawnmower to cut the grass between the rows.  We have to push the lawnmower 8,000 metres to get the job done, a labour of love.  The result of this process is to see the bees on the buttercups along the rows.  Is it worth it........?  Absolutely! 

Cider

Our sparkling cider which was aged in whiskey barrels has created a following.  We are now in the process of producing a dry sparkling cider which is currently on "lees".  This is champenoise style with two fermentations.  We managed to bottle 2000 bottles which are currently maturing and we are hoping to launch this in early 2020.