Rain before harvest - UPDATE 6/2/2012

Heavy rain has fallen in and around the McLaren Vale Wine Region. Aldinga had 15.6 mm. Seaview had 27.4 mm. Look out for botrytis ignition points like this Light Brown Apple Moth damage shown in Shiraz (above).

Early report from McLaren Vale a grapegrower; “We had 17.5mm of rain overnight and up to 11am. Heavy rain but no hail. Strong westerly winds seem to be drying the canopy. Can’t see any obvious berry splitting.”

Any berry splitting will become obvious in the next 48 hours. Early monitoring reports are showing very minor berry splitting, if any.

Late season Mealybug with sugary secretion building up.

Skin breakdown on Chardonnay, that has sunburn and berry bird damage.