Tuesday, November 04, 2008

This week 31st October 2008

Weather Report Week Ending 31/10/08
Maximum Temperature for the week 33.6C (92F) on Sat. 5 readings above our monthly average of 20.5C.
Minimum Temperature for the week 7.6C (46F) on Tue. 6 readings above our monthly average of 8.0C.
Rainfall for the Week 2.8mm (8 points) 2 days of rainfall recorded.
Weather data thanks to BOM & Nuriootpa Viticulture Research Centre.

Finally a trace of rain for us. No where near enough for us to even go close to calling this a normal month. In fact we only recorded 13.2 mm of rain for the whole month (our average is 44mm). Our maximum temperatures were also very different from average, with the month of October 2.6C above our average.

This week in the vineyard:
As you can see from the photo, our Chardonnay is well into flowering now. I am still spraying weeds, to preserve as much natural moisture as I can. Flowering this year could be approx. 2 weeks earlier than we would normally expect. Not all varieties have started flowering yet, just the early ones like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. I am planning to start putting our next fungicide spray on later this coming week.