Monday, March 03, 2008

This week: 29nd. Febuary 2008

Weather Report Week Ending 29/2/08
Maximum Temperature for the week 28.5C (83F) on Tue. 0 readings above our monthly average of 29.4C.
Minimum Temperature for the week 7.2C (45F) on Fri. 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.

Much cooler again this week. This weather is superb for ripening our grapes. Still no rain, just what we want to be able to finish our grapepicking.

This week in the vineyard:
I have spent all of the last week at a nuffield international scholars conference in Victoria. It has been very refreshing to spend a week with enthusiastic young farmers from all over the world. I have met farmers from Canada, UK, Ireland and New Zealand, from all sorts of farming enterprises. While in Victoria we visited a large number of very successful farming operations and listened to some amazing speakers.
In the vineyard we have picked the Mad Dog Shiraz. Vintage is beginning to wind up, we have now only got a few odds and ends still to pick. I am hoping to have all of grapes picked by Easter, even though it is quite early this year. The photo this week shows us just starting to pick one of our last blocks of Shiraz.

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