Monday, March 16, 2009

Vintage 2009 Harvest - UPDATE 16/3/2009

McLaren Vale - The majority of picking has been completed in McLaren Vale. Grenache harvest is beginning with some blocks in the 14oBe range and showing ripe flavours and seeds. Blewitt Springs fruit include Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon are close to harvest ripeness and some blocks are booked in for this week.

Most Grenache we have seen the crop significantly reduced by sunburn, as pictured. The quality is strong but the yield is much reduced.

A well balanced McLaren Vale Grenache vineyard.
Adelaide Hills - In the Range Rd area Simon Berry reports he has picked Sauvignon Blanc last week and Pinot Gris. Most yields have been solid in the 4 t/a+ range he says, and where they have been down, the reason has likely been a reduced fruit set issues rather than heat issues.

He expects Pinot Noir will be bit over 3 tonne/acre.

Chalk Hill Viticulture has harvested some Pinot Noir on Wednesday morning which went 13.1oBe, pictured below.

Pinot Noir in the Adelaide Hills - note the wind damage / late season leaf yellowing.
Late season varieties in this sub region, Cabernet and Shiraz are likely to be a few weeks away, with some growers reporting that they expect a late season for these varieties.

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