Saturday, February 09, 2008

This week: 8th. Febuary 2008

Weather Report Week Ending 8/2/08
Maximum Temperature for the week 35.2C (95F) on Mon. 3 readings above our monthly average of 29.4C.
Minimum Temperature for the week 8.4C (47F) on Fri. 3 readings above our monthly average of 14.5C.
Rainfall for the Week 0.4mm (1 point) 1 day of rainfall recorded.
Weather data thanks to BOM & Nuriootpa Viticulture Research Centre.

We have had very mild conditions again this week, almost cold for this time of year. It was warm for the start of the week, but from then on it has been quite cool. Excellent weather for ripening grapes and maintaining maximum flavour potential in our fruit. Again no worthwhile rainfall recorded this week.

This week in the vineyard:
Harvest continues and is building in pace. We have most of our white varieties picked or booked to be picked this coming week. We have not yet harvested any red grapes, but we may be starting on them in the next 7-10 days, I suspect. This last week we picked Chardonnay for Peter Lehmann wines. Coming up in the next few days we have Semillon for Peter Lehmann and Yalumba wines. Yalumba will also be taking their Chardonnay and Riesling. So we will be having a very busy week. The photo tonight shows one of our contractors grape harvesters in our vineyard ready to pick Chardonnay and Semillon on Sun night (10th).

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