Monday, June 7, 2010

Mmm.....Lovely Tasty Leaves

The vines continue to grow at a rapid rate – in just over 5 weeks some of the shoots have grown 80cm, over 2cm a day! The photo above can be compared to the one accompanying our first blog back in April.

The arrival of lots of lush, green leaves draws the interest of some more unusual neighbours – the local deer. The woodlands at the bottom of the hill are home to many wild deer and they are a frequent sight as you shuttle along the back roads here. Apparently they have developed a taste for the vines! Not for the grapes (these catch the interest of the birds later in the season), but for the juicy leaves. However, not just any vine leaves: apparently they like Muscat, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Off the menu are Sipon (phew), Riesling and Modra Frankinja. I’d never really thought of the leaves of different vines tasting differently, so we may just have to go out and taste a few.

As a child, I remember the local cows taking a fancy to our windscreen wipers – but I suppose that’s because there weren’t any vines around to munch!

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