Sunday, July 01, 2007

This week: 29th. June

Weather Report Week Ending 29/6/07

Maximum Temperature for the week 13.9C (56F) on Mon & Wed. All 7 readings below our monthly average.
Minimum Temperature for the week -1.9C (28F) on Sat. 3 readings above our monthly average.
Rainfall for the Week 4.4mm (12 points) 4 days of rain.
Weather data thanks to BOM & Nuriootpa Viticulture Research Centre.

Another very cold week, 2 frosts and all Maximum temperatures below our average of 14.2C. We are still on track to set a new record for below average maximum for June. The weather patterns have changed considerably in the last week. We are now seeing more typical winter weather patterns forming up - not much rain yet, however it is looking a lot more promising than we have seen for probably a month.

This week in the vineyard:
Pruning continues - this week we have finished blocks of Shiraz, Semillon, Chardonnay and Cabernet. A week of meetings for me this week. The highlight for me has been the launch of this years Barossa Young Viticulturist of the year. This year we have changed the focus a little bit, with the winner being required to undertake a leadership training course and then spend 12 months serving on one of the local grape growing committees. The winner will get up to A$10,000 to spend on travel or a project that will have benefits for the whole Barossa grape growing community. For more info. contact me and I can email some more details, or see the Barossa Viticulture Tech. Group website (link to the right). Today's photo is of the full moon rising over some of our vineyards and the very green Barossa ranges.

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