Thursday, September 29, 2011

Weather damage in McLaren Vale & Langhorne Creek - UPDATE 29/9/2011

This week has seen extremes in weather damage.

In South East frost damage in Shiraz and particularly chardonnay has been recorded. We are hearing it's very patchy but some vineyards have been affected badly.

The frost on Sunday morning also has burnt some vineyards in Langhorne Creek and, to a lesser extent, McLaren Vale (below).





On Wednesday night a large hail storm moved through McLaren Vale. Most of the damage is north of the township. This has broken vine shoots as shown below. Significant damage is mostly in the Seaview area, with damage reducing as the storm went into the Blewitt Springs area. Vineyards on the Range of McLaren Vale and in the southern Adelaide Hills have also been damaged.

No real fruit loss, but likely to be some quality affects from high lateral growth and shoot uniformity.

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