Saturday, September 16, 2006

This week: 15th Sept.

Weather Report Week Ending 15/9/06

Maximum Temperature for the week 24.0C (75F) on Fri.
Minimum Temperature for the week 3.0C (37F) on Tue.
Rainfall for the Week 1.6mm (4.5 points) 1 day of rain.
Weather data thanks to BOM & Nuriootpa Viticulture Research Centre.

Very dry again this week. Our vines are really starting to grow now. The warm weather is certainly getting things moving - we just need some more moisture. It is looking like we will be relying on our irrigation quite a bit this year. Anyone without the ability to irrigate in the Barossa this year could be in very serious trouble. I have now got Weather records for Nuriootpa that date back to 1952, last month was our driest Aug. on record and we still need 6 mm of rain this month to beat our driest Sept.

This week in the vineyard : We continue to mow covercrops. There is still a risk of frost - although probably not for another couple of weeks, closer to the next full moon. Our block of Shiraz and Cabernet that we are going to top graft over to Sauvinon Blanc is now ready for our grafting contractor to come - all the vines have been cut off and treated to prevent Eutypa. This weeks photos are at the top of a Shiraz bud and at right of some of our young Chardonnay.

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