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Filan for use in Grapes - Message from Derek Cameron

June rainfall - Are we on track for a wet winter?

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Recent heavy rainfall around Adelaide in South Australia has increased expectations of higher than average rainfall across the region.

The Bureau of Meterology has issued its latest climate update with a positive outlook.

McLaren Vale Biodiversity Guides.

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Vine Improvement Update - Where is the market heading?

Sales of McLaren Vale Vine Improvement material gives a good indication of the direction the local industry is heading. It appears that the message to grow high quality traditional red varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mataro and Shiraz, is echoing through the market.
In high cost regions, like McLaren Vale, the Barossa and the Adelaide Hills, growing Icon, A or B grade has been the only way to produce profitable grapes. Recently sources have been reporting that Icon, A and Bgrade fruit are in short supply, while C grade is in oversupply. 
This was the view notably put forward by Warren Randall in his recent '5 year view for the wine industry.'
This view is also being reinforced by the material being purchased for planting and top-working. So far this season McLaren Vale Vine Improvement has orders for the following material;