The McLaren Vale Wine region has been significantly wetter this vintage than previous years, with rainfall recorded well above the average. Spring 2016 had record falls. There has been only one summer season in the last ten years, that has comparable rainfall leading up to vintage. January 2007 received 64.2mm, and this year 2017 – 80mm.
February only had a few days of heat this year, and the cooler weather and high crop load meant many vineyards […]
The 2018 vintage is underway, with bud burst commencing around September 8th this year. Monitoring the vineyard happens on a daily basis during morning walks with Max through the vineyard. Checking for pests and disease, monitoring bud health, and overall new growth as the vines emerge from winter dormancy into Spring, helps with timing of seasonal practices such as baiting for snails and prophylactic spraying for pests.