The turning point in a vine's annual lifecycle is called 'véraison', from the french root 'ver', meaning 'truth'. Cover: Malbec
The simplest definition of véraison is the time when grapes begin to change colour from their initial pale green. But it's also so much more than that.
Véraison is the time when the plant's energy moves from growing the vine into ripening the fruit.
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As the berries ripen in the grape clusters, they begin to soften and become translucent, while also taking on the skin colour that typifies their variety. Their 'true colours', so to speak.
The pace of véraison is affected by temperature, sun exposure and moisture availability, and also varies widely by grape variety.
Colour change is a result of green chlorophyll in the grape's skin being replaced by carotenoids (whites) or anthocyanins (reds). Sugars begin to climb and acids to fall.
At véraison, we begin to see the characteristics that we are going to enjoy later when they manifest in the wine.
Bud break, flowering, fruit set, véraison, harvesting, leaf fall and dormancy. The vine handles all but one of these. We take care of the other. Next page: Cabernet Sauvignon
At this time of year, the beauty of véraison is only surmounted by the anticipation of harvest --when Nature's jewels are entrusted to Man's hands.
Véraison: True Colours
Shot in August and September in the vineyards of Reif Estate Winery and Stratus Vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Malivoire Wine Company in Beamsville, Ontario, Canada.
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