Saturday, March 17, 2007

This week: 16th. March.

Weather Report Week Ending 16/3/07
Maximum Temperature for the week 36.3C (97F) on Sat.
Minimum Temperature for the week 9.2C (49F) on Tue.
Rainfall for the Week 0.0mm (0 points) 0 days of rain.
Weather data thanks to BOM & Nuriootpa Viticulture Research Centre.

Two very hot days this week, but most of the rest of the week has been very nice.

This week in the vineyard:
We have now finished the last of our Shiraz. The last 2 blocks went to Barossa Valley Estate on Wednesday. We still have Cabernet and Grenache to pick, the Cabernet is due to come off on Monday morning. I am now beginning to think about how we will manage our vineyard over the next 12 months, normally we will put a winter cereal crop in to be mowed and used as a source of organic carbon and mulch. This coming year we look like having very little good quality irrigation water available to us, so I am seriously thinking about conserving as much available soil moisture as I can by not planting a cover crop at all. This will have implications as to what (if any) cultivation we do in the next month or so. Today's photo is of a bunch of Cabernet that will be picked in the next 24 hours.

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