Heat at Harvest - UPDATE 2/3/2009
|Shiraz in Blewitt Springs.|
As the heatwave ends take stock on the condition of your vines and the ripeness of your fruit. Some vineyards are recovering and fruit is re-hydrating, as shown above, however others are in very poor condition as need to be immediately harvested. Unfortunately some vineyards have been rejected on the grounds of sunburn and defoliation. Grenache and white varieties have been particularly heavily damaged.
Many wineries have decided to bring this fruit in this to balance high beume fruit they are expecting in the coming weeks.
The main quality issue is fruit variability. Many vineyards have green, normal and sunburnt fruit in the same bunch.