Sunday, October 14, 2007

This week: 12th. October

Weather Report Week Ending 12/10/07
Maximum Temperature for the week 28.9C (84F) on Wed. 2 readings above our monthly average of 20.1C.
Minimum Temperature for the week 2.4C (36F) on Sat. 2 readings above our monthly average of 8.1C.
Rainfall for the Week 3.2mm (9 points) 2 day of rain.
Weather data thanks to BOM & Nuriootpa Viticulture Research Centre.

Another quite warm and dry week here in the Barossa Valley. We are still needing a couple of large dumps of rain, whilst we have reasonable subsoil moisture levels it will not last long without more rainfall to top it up.

This week in the vineyard:
We have spent the last week on the river Murray, in a houseboat. My family and I had a terrific time and yes I can report there is still some water in the Murray (at least between Mannum and Swan Reach there is). So very little has happened in our Vineyard for the last week. My staff will be back from holiday this coming week and I will be back on deck as well, so there should be more to report next week. This weeks photo shows some of our Sauv. Blanc. and how much growth they have put on in the last few weeks while I have been away. The cover crop is now dead and so should not be sucking any moisture out of the soil, hopefully it is actually helping to retain moisture. It will also provide some shading and so reduce soil temperatures once we start getting some heat wave conditions (potentially not that far away now).

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