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Spur pruning leads to distinctly different phenolic profiles of base sparkling wines than cane pruning


Jones, JE and Kerslake, FL and Dambergs, RG and Close, DC, Spur pruning leads to distinctly different phenolic profiles of base sparkling wines than cane pruning, Vitis, 57 pp. 103-109. ISSN 0042-7500 (2018) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.5073/vitis.2018.57.103-109


Winter pruning is the principal method for regulating yield in viticulture. The aim of this work was to investigate the effectiveness of cane and spur pruning on yield, and on grape and wine composition. Cane and spur pruning were investigated in Vitis vinifera L. 'Pinot noir' and 'Chardonnay' vertically-shoot-positioned vines over three seasons. Effects on vine carbohydrates, yield components, leaf area, grape and base wine composition were determined. The canopies of spur pruned vines established more rapidly than cane pruned vines in the 2009/10 season, for both 'Pinot noir' and 'Chardonnay'. The canopies were denser under spur pruning than cane pruning. Pruning treatment had no effect on total yield for either cultivar in any of the three seasons. Total soluble solids (TSS) and titratable acidity were unaffected by pruning treatment, except in 2012 where TSS and pH were higher for spur pruned 'Chardonnay' vines. Apart from spur pruned 'Pinot noir' vine wood being higher in starch in the winter of 2011, overwintering starch and soluble sugar concentrations were not different between pruning treatments for 'Pinot noir' and 'Chardonnay'. Although not different in yield or basic fruit composition, fruit from spur pruned vines resulted in distinctly different phenolic profiles of base wines, with cane pruning appearing to negatively impact on the low molecular weight phenolics in the wine. The results presented here provide confidence that quality is not lessened, in fact could be improved, by shifting from the industry norm of cane to spur pruning for sparkling wine production in cool climates.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:vitis vinifera, pruning, sparkling wine quality, yield, carbohydrates
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Horticultural production
Research Field:Oenology and viticulture
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Industrial crops
Objective Field:Wine grapes
UTAS Author:Jones, JE (Dr Joanna Jones)
UTAS Author:Kerslake, FL (Dr Fiona Kerslake)
UTAS Author:Dambergs, RG (Dr Robert Dambergs)
UTAS Author:Close, DC (Professor Dugald Close)
ID Code:128436
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:TIA - Research Institute
Deposited On:2018-09-21
Last Modified:2019-03-21
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