Sunday, April 15, 2007

This week: 13th. April.

Weather Report Week Ending 13/4/07
Maximum Temperature for the week 32.2C (90F) on Tue.
Minimum Temperature for the week 7.2C (45F) on Sun.
Rainfall for the Week 0.0mm (0 points) 0 days of rain.
Weather data thanks to BOM & Nuriootpa Viticulture Research Centre.

Another beautiful Autumn week here in the Barossa. A warmer week for us in fact we look like we may set some new average maximum temperature records for April, if it stays much like it has been for the next 2 weeks. No rain recorded this week but we have had a couple of foggy/dewy mornings this week to keep things a little moist.

This week in the vineyard:

The rain we got 2 weeks ago is now just a distant memory. The upside of this is that we have had glorious weather for the 2007 Vintage Festival. I have included some photos I have taken this week. The first two were taken at the street parade (the longest in the southern hemisphere, we are told), it's route runs between Tanunda and Nuriootpa (approx. 7km). The second photo was taken at the Barossa Airshow and shows part of the crowd and flightline. We have not been doing a lot in the vineyard this week. We are still cultivating summer weeds, however we are now limited to our lighter soils as the Grizzly disk will not penetrate our heavy soils. Until we get some more rain those areas will need to wait. Both of my vineyard staff are away on holiday this week - it is the break between harvest and the start of our winter work.

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