WHAT DOES BOSSTOKKIE MEAN?
Bosstokkie is Afrikaans for bush vine and gobelet (Frans).
Bosstokkie = pruning method of the vine.
BOSSTOK OR BUSH VINE = PRUNING METHOD OF THE VINE
It is a freestanding grape plant that is kept low to the ground, like a shrub. It consists of a short trunk with a few branches, without, or at most with only a few, guide wires. Bush vines are common in dry, Mediterranean climates such as in southern France, Spain, Italy, South Africa and Australia (including in Barossa Valley.
ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES
Close to the ground, the bush vine benefits from the heat from the soil. The amount of leaves is also relatively small, so that less moisture evaporates. It is the oldest and most beneficial way to grow grapes, but the amount of grapes harvested from a plant is also lower than with other pruning methods. That low yield can again have a favourable effect on the quality of the grapes. Pruning methods and guidance systems in the vineyard, and their effect on the development of the grapes and the taste of the wine, are returned to in the SDEN level 3 book, I know a lot about wine.