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As we approach another vintage and in the aftermath of the country’s terrible floods, I can’t help but wonder what Mother Nature has in store for us in 2011. Spring and summer have been wetter and cooler than normal with quite a few significant rain events recorded across South Australia and generally mild temperatures prevailing.  Because of these conditions, the 2010/ 2011 season is around two to three weeks behind what we would call normal – typically, around 20% of our harvesting is completed by the beginning of March but this year our vineyard team is not expecting to harvest any fruit from the estate before the start of March. 

For some grape growers, this has been a difficult year controlling the diseases that can affect vineyards especially after the heavy falls experienced in December, when we received 90mm of rain.  As always, Ken Noack and our vineyard team are ever vigilant to disease and have done a superb job managing the threat with the vines on the estate showing healthy, vigorous growth.  At this early stage, the Cabernet Sauvignon appears to have set very well at flowering, as has the Riesling and Merlot varieties, whilst Shiraz appears to have slightly less bunches with fewer berries- most likely a result of the November 2009 heat wave affecting fruitfulness of the buds forming at the time.  The upshot of this will be lower yields from our Shiraz, which of course bodes well for flavour intensity.

Colin Hinze, our viticulturist and grower liaison says that similar conditions exist across the state with the majority of our grower partners’ vineyards across the Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and the Limestone Coast looking healthy and fruitful even though behind normal in terms of ripeness progression.

Stay tuned and we’ll keep you updated on harvest and vintage progress monthly……

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