Sunday, November 05, 2006

This week: 3rd. Nov.

Weather Report Week Ending 3/11/06

Maximum Temperature for the week 27.7C (82F) on Wed.
Minimum Temperature for the week 1.4C (34F) on Sat.
Rainfall for the Week 0.6mm (1.5 points) 2 days of rain.
Weather data thanks to BOM & Nuriootpa Viticulture Research Centre.

Just a hint of rain this week - not enough to even settle the dust, certainly not enough to be useable by the vines. No further frost this week, although being full moon we are not out of the woods yet! Chardonnay is virtually finished flowering, all other varieties are flowering this week. The mild weather this week should aid a good fruit set. Looks like another good week coming up (weather wise) for good fruit set. This last month we set another new record here in the Barossa Valley, this was the first Oct. in more than 50 years of records that no rain was recorded. The drought continues to worsen!

This week in the vineyard:

We have had a grafting team here top grafting a block of Shiraz and Cabernet over to Sauvinon Blanc. They have finished the whole block in under a week, now we just have to wait for them to shoot. We have also been breaking off water shoots from around the stems of the vines. The photo this week shows our Sauvinion Blanc. in full flower.

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