Sunday, March 04, 2007

This week: 2nd. March.

Weather Report Week Ending 2/3/07
Maximum Temperature for the week 37.9C (100F) on Fri.
Minimum Temperature for the week 10.9C (51F) on Tue.
Rainfall for the Week 0.2mm (1 point) 1 day of rain.
Weather data thanks to BOM & Nuriootpa Viticulture Research Centre.

Still a very warm week this week - although some of the mornings are now starting to feel a little more Autumnal. As I reported in my post 'New Weather Record for the Barossa' we set a new record for average max. temperatures last month, this month has also started off well above average. The little bit of rain we recorded was more of a heavy dew and did not effect our vineyard at all.

This week in the vineyard:
This week we have been picking Shiraz and Merlot. We have now finished all of our Merlot, we have just one session of harvesting to go, then we will be finished all of our Shiraz (our largest variety). We now only have a few odds and ends left to pick and we will be finished. I would say another 2-3 weeks will see us all done, we will be finished well before Easter this year (we usually finish harvest around Easter, but usually still have something to pick after it). It has been a very disappointing vintage (from a grapegrowing perspective). It seems most grapegrowing areas in Australia have suffered significant reductions in yield, only Western Australia appear to be having a good season. I heard a forecast today for the national crush of between 1 and 1.2 million tonnes of grapes this year (compares to nearly 2 million tonnes for the last two vintages). Today's picture is of sunset over one of our Shiraz blocks that is due to be picked this coming week.

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