Sunday, July 22, 2007

This week: 20th. July

Weather Report Week Ending 20/7/07

Maximum Temperature for the week 13.4C (56F) on Mon. all 7 readings below our monthly average of 13.5C.
Minimum Temperature for the week -1.1C (30F) on Wed. 1 reading above our monthly average of 4.3C.
Rainfall for the Week 8.4mm (24 points) 2 days of rain.
Weather data thanks to BOM & Nuriootpa Viticulture Research Centre.

A fairly normal week for us this week. We have had another large blocking High pressure system form in the Great Australian Bight, that is causing any cold fronts coming up from the south west to slide away to the south of us. So we are back to the fine cool and clear days with frosty nights, that we were getting all of last month.

This week in the vineyard:
Pruning is now all but over. Our contract pruning gang has now finished work. We only have two blocks of young vines still to prune - they will be done by our own staff. This week we finished our last blocks of Riesling, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. I am still on holiday, so have not been doing much in our vineyard, I have instead taken to staying up late watching the Tour de France on telly. Most stages only finish at about 1:30am local time, but my kids still wake me at 6:30 most mornings, so I am not feeling all that rested. The photo above shows our contractors finishing off our last block of vines to be pruned by them, this year.

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