Hi BarrelMonkey, I'm not really familiar with your varietals or your local growing conditions, but I would guess that you need roughly 5 - 6 feet of shoot to ripen the grapes on that shoot? So I would try to balance the number of shoots on each vine such that the fruit gets ripe and you don't...
Timing is everything.
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Great question. I guess it really depends on your specific trellis.
If pulling leaves would leave the grapes "dappled" by sunlight, then I would try it. If pulling leaves left the grapes naked and baking in the sun, then maybe it wouldn't be such a good idea.
You could do some...
SpoiledRotten, I also used to use synthetic corks, in order to prevent any bottles getting "corked" (TCA), but then I had the same problems you did, so I don't use them anymore. Now I use agglomerated corks and have had no problems so far.