Sunday, February 17, 2008

This week: 15th. Febuary 2008

Weather Report Week Ending 15/2/08
Maximum Temperature for the week 31.7C (89F) on Fri. 1 reading above our monthly average of 29.4C.
Minimum Temperature for the week 9.0C (48F) on Sat. 0 readings above our monthly average of 14.5C.
Rainfall for the Week 0mm (0 points) 0 days of rainfall recorded.
Weather data thanks to BOM & Nuriootpa Viticulture Research Centre.

A very mild week again this week. We have had quite cool conditions all week with all minimums below our average and only one day over our average maximum. Again no rainfall recorded all week.
This week in the vineyard:
Vintage continues at a frantic pace. This week we have been picking Riesling, Semillon, White Frontignac and Cabernet. We have now finished all of our Semillon and White Fronti. We will pick the last of our White grapes this coming week. The Cabernet was picked very early by Peter Lehmann for a Rose’ product they are planning. We have the first blocks of Shiraz booked to be picked early next week, in fact Yalumba will be picking all of their blocks of Shiraz this coming week. The mild weather has meant a fabulous ripening period for our grapes and should mean very good flavour profiles for all of the varieties so far picked. There is some hot weather coming early this week, and potentially some rain later, from a tropical cyclone currently off the West Australian coast – so we will be trying to get as much off as quickly as we can. This week’s photo shows a bunch of Shiraz grapes, ready to pick in the next week or so.

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