The weather continues to throw a few curve balls our way, with ‘La Nina’ back to keep us on our toes.
It was a very wet May and June which had us thinking a flood was imminent, but then mother nature turned off her taps with a dry July and August, so we were drip irrigating madly prior to budburst.
Of course, then it started to rain again with a wet spring having been experienced thus far, giving the thirsty soils a greatly appreciated deep soak.
The warm and wet start has meant the vines are growing quickly with lush green shoots and good bunch numbers at present. Our fingers are firmly crossed that flowering is better than last year and the crop load is back to normal levels next vintage.
It is with a tinge of sadness that vineyard worker, Josh has left us after 6 years. However, he is happy back working on his family vineyard as well as focusing on expanding his bee-keeping business.
We have been fortunate to have a terrific replacement in Chris Mugford, who has been running his own small vineyard for many years and brings with him a wealth of experience and a great work ethic.