The early ripening Shiraz blocks are being harvested this week in the Adelaide Hills. The lion’s share of Shiraz should come off this week or next.
The shower activity and cooler forecast for next week may speed the rate of shiraz intake. Blocks are clean and healthy. Leaf senescence is increasing in shiraz blocks (above). Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon canopies are holding onto their leaf well. These varieties will need these leaves to get them full ripe this season. This may take a further 2-3 weeks in the coolest sites.