Ripening EL35 - UPDATE 4/2/2012

Bush Vine Grenache at EL 34 Ripening. It has 5-6 weeks until it is harvest ripe in McLaren Vale.

Weather update

The only negative weather effects seen are from wind damage, caused by strong gully winds, and sunburn that is widespread in white varieties where they were exposed to the west.

Some thunderstorm based rain is expected on Sunday. The forecast is for ‘a few showers.’

At this point there is no significant bunch botrytis detected. Some growers are taking early action for botrytis.

In McLaren Vale Chardonnay is harvest ripe. Shiraz picking will begin in 16-21 days in McLaren Vale. Lower cropped vineyards can ripen very quickly, so make sure to sample them regularly.

In the Adelaide Hills Cabernet Sauvignon has 20% veraison. Vineyards in Mt Compass are at a similar ripeness level. These vineyards will need careful monitoring over the next month if we get significant rain.