Sunday, April 08, 2007

This week: 6th. April.

Weather Report Week Ending 6/4/07
Maximum Temperature for the week 25.6C (78F) on Mon.
Minimum Temperature for the week 9.0C (48F) on Fri.
Rainfall for the Week 0.4mm (1 point) 2 days of rain.
Weather data thanks to BOM & Nuriootpa Viticulture Research Centre.

A beautiful Autumn week here in the Barossa. Virtually no rain this week - the moisture from the last two weeks has all but evaporated now. The change of season is really starting to set in with much cooler temperatures all this week.

This week in the vineyard:
We have started working in the summer weeds now. We have also started spreading fowl manure in most or our white varieties. This is the only surface applied fertiliser we put on our vines (we top up with foliar applied nutrients where necessary). There is little sign of change of colour in the vine leaves, although some of the local glory vines are just starting to change, just in time for our local vintage festival. The vintage festival is starting this weekend - approx 100 events spread over a week in the Barossa. Events range from Art and Craft exhibitions to musical performances to a major wine auction (Fri at Nuriootpa) and even a full on air show (Sun 15th 10am-4pm at Rowland Flat). There are individual town days (Lyndoch Mon, Angaston Wed and Tanunda Sat). There will also be a huge float procession on Sat between Nuriootpa and Tanunda. For more details see the web link to the right look for Barossa Vintage Festival.

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