Thursday, March 5, 2009

Splitting and Botrytis - UPDATE 5/3/2009

Botrytis - note the grey mould inside the bunch.
Botrytis – Levels have remained low in monitored vineyards. Some splitting has been seen in tight bunches of Sauvignon Blanc.

If you are in the Hills check for any signs of this and any grey mould as seen above.

Fine weather has prevented any significant spread. Most white vineyards in the Adelaide Hills are now within 1 weeks of being harvest ripe. With further dry weather botrytis should not be an issue where harvest is expected in the next 7-10 days.

Growers with late season, eg McLaren Vale Grenache or in cooler sites should continue to monitor for signs of botrytis especially after any rain or heavy dews.

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