Sunday, January 20, 2008

This week: 25th. January 2008

Weather Report Week Ending 25/1/08
Maximum Temperature for the week 35.0C (95F) on Fri. 3 reading above our monthly average of 29.4C.
Minimum Temperature for the week 11.9C (53F) on Mon. 4 readings above our monthly average of 14.4C.
Rainfall for the Week 0.6mm (1 point) 2 days of rainfall recorded.
Weather data thanks to BOM & Nuriootpa Viticulture Research Centre.

Another superb week for ripening grapes here in the Barossa valley this week. The rain recorded this week was nothing more than a couple of misty mornings.

This week in the vineyard:
We will be picking the first of our grapes this coming week. We have been sampling all of our white varieties this week. Most of them are going between 9 and 11 baume. We will be picking all of our Sauvignon Blanc and some of our Chardonnay on this coming Tuesday night. I believe our grapes will continue to accumulate sugar quite quickly while this cooler weather continues. So I think we will probably have more ready to pick early the following week. We have sampled one of our early Shiraz blocks and they are currently at 10.5 baume, we would expect them to gain about 1 baume per week. So if they are to be picked at 14 we could see them ready to pick in 2 – 3 weeks. The photo tonight shows a breakaway group of riders in the Tour Down Under here in the Barossa Valley (when this photo was taken they were more than 6 mins ahead of the main group, they were caught a couple kilometers from the finish).

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