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 main task after picking is the post harvest irrigation; the vines now receive a very deep watering and fertigation with either iron or kelp prior to them shutting down. We now start to plan soil testing and mid row weed management. After the leaves have fallen the vines will then be ready for pruning, scheduled for June/July.