Sunday, July 15, 2007

This week: 13th. July

Weather Report Week Ending 13/7/07

Maximum Temperature for the week 13.5C (56F) on Mon. 1 reading above our monthly average of 13.5C.
Minimum Temperature for the week 0.0C (32F) on Fri. 3 readings above our monthly average of 4.3C.
Rainfall for the Week 9.8mm (28 points) 6 days of rain.
Weather data thanks to BOM & Nuriootpa Viticulture Research Centre.

A cold and moderately windy period for us this week. Moisture was recorded on all but one day by the weather station at Nuriootpa, however there were only 2 days with more than 1mm. The winter weather patterns have continued although are beginning to reduce a little in intensity. Hopefully we have not finished with winter yet.

This week in the vineyard:

Pruning is coming to an end - this week we have finished blocks of Shiraz, Merlot and Sauvinion Blanc. Our contract pruning gang will be finishing up this week, we will only have a couple of young blocks for our staff to finish off and then we will be into Spring work (preparing to plant, re-trellising etc.). I think the season opening could be late this year - we watch for the first signs of almond blossoms around this time of the year. So far there is little sign of movement from the almond trees. This could be a result of the very cold conditions we had last month. I am enjoying a couple of weeks holiday at the moment, while the kids are home from school. We are having a very unusual holiday - at home. We normally have to go away, working at home makes it very difficult to get a holiday at home, there seems to always be something that needs attention. We have been taking some day trips to get away. We have so far been to Mannum on the River Murray, followed by a trip to Cleland wildlife park and Waterfall Gully in the Adelaide hills.

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