Sunday, December 10, 2006

This week: 8th. Dec.

Weather Report Week Ending 8/12/06

Maximum Temperature for the week 38.8C (102F) on Fri.
Minimum Temperature for the week 4.1C (39F) on Sun.
Rainfall for the Week 0.0mm (0 points) 0 days of rain.
Weather data thanks to BOM & Nuriootpa Viticulture Research Centre.

Another typical summer week here in the Barossa. No rain and warm to hot conditions all week. Not much else to say this week - no signs of verasion yet.

This week in the vineyard:
Well I passed our quality assurance audit this week without any trouble. We have been continuing to put growguards on our grafted Sauv. Blanc. The photo shows some of these tubes on the vines. We have had them made small enough so that they will not flap in the wind. They also do not go all the way to the ground, we have done this to encourage air flow so the vines will not get too hot. To our knowledge no one else has tried this in grafted vines, I will keep you up to date on how it all goes. We are starting to think about timing of fungicide sprays now, to avoid withholding periods, depending on rain in the next week or so, we may only put our next spray out between Christmas and new year. If we can do this that would probably be our last spay this vintage.

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