The MaxiCut process is a rewarding investment for all vineyard owners through the application of a cost effective, unique and innovative approach to rejuvenate vines using the patented strong hydraulic vine shears.
Eutypa is prevalent in many vineyards throughout Australia and when left untreated, will reduce fruit yield and quality over time. MaxiCut is a dedicated management program that has delivered superb results, demonstrating a 10-50% increase within the first year.
Such as the diversity of the MaxiCut program, it can be used for grafting, or conversion from spur pruned to cane pruned vines.
MaxiCut provides a holistic end to end program, from vine rejuvenation, wound application, rewiring, clean-up, pruning and training water shoots in order to replace the diseased vine.
Using MaxiCut is ensuring vineyard owners are proactively protecting their greatest asset.
There are various reasons why you may decide to rejuvenate your vineyard.
Whether it's to remove old wood to increase sap flow, the removal of eutypa infection, grafting, or simply just to convert to cane pruning, we'll walk you through every step of the way and ensure a smooth process.
Within 24 hours after the cuts have been made, the wounds must be dressed to ensure that eutypa does not re-enter the vine.
What the wounds are dressed with is up to the grower, although we strongly recommend using Vinevax.
After the rejuvenated cordons or trunks have been pulled out and placed into the middle of the row, the vine claw will then go through and collect the rubbish before placing it into a rubbish pile. We ensure that no rubbish has been left behind by carrying out a second clean up by hand.
The rubbish pile will then be disposed off as requested by the grower.
Re-wiring will need to be carried out before we can begin to prune or train the vines. This will include wire running, stapling, training and tightening/securing the wires.
Cane pruning begins with the careful selection of the required number of strong and healthy canes that will become your cordons. The canes that are not needed will be cut and the wounds dressed, followed by trimming, wrapping/arching and tying.
After the second or third year of rejuvenation in the two stage process, we will begin to replace the old vine by selecting a strong and healthy water shoot which will be top tied and trained into the new vine.
Oparina is a vineyard in the South East of South Australia, producing high quality red fruit into the market. The oldest plantings have been in decline for 5 or more years, due to training cordons too tightly to the wire in the early years, causing dieback of arms, as well as the effects of eutypa.
These blocks, being high grade blocks, were too valuable to pull out and start again, with the added difficulty of having to deal with rock that would come to the surface with vine removal, and so reworking was the preferred option.
We have begun a program with the MaxiCut System to cut through the cordons using the MaxiCut machinery and train new trunks and cordons from developing watershoots, thus still maintaining fruit production throughout the years of training. After cutting of the cordons, we lay down new canes to carry the fruit for the year, while the watershoots are trained onto our new cordon wire.
We have seen our yields increase by up to 100% in this first year. Once our watershoots have developed, in approximately two years, we are able to cut out the main trunk and train the new vine to the wire. Use of eutypa protecting sprays is important when all cuts are made to protect the vine from reinfection.
I have been most impressed with the MaxiCut system and the knowledge that John and his team freely impart to enable this system of reworking. The teams are efficient, clean and professional with their work.
The greatest benefit that I can see from this system for our vineyard is that we can still continually produce fruit, in fact higher yields, while training up our new vines.