Weather has been hot and dry since our last report.
Very dry in fact. Some of
our dams are drying up and our creek does not have any water in it at all. This
is a first in 30 years I have been here.
Added to this we have had some very
hot days in the mid to high 30s with a few in the 40s.
This has put vines in
the shallower soils under considerable pressure. We have noticed some leaf wilting,
burning and fall.
This does not auger well for grape ripening. Bunches need
leaves to ripen.
The last preliminary sugar level tests a few days ago
Tempranillo 10.5 Be'
Semillon 9.0 Be'
Pinot Noir10.0 Be'
Tempranillo 13.5 Be'
Semillon 11.5 Be'
Pinot Noir 13.5 Be'
I know farmers are always complaining about the
weather but when you are used to a wet vintage year after year, a dry one that
comes along once every decade should be welcomed.
But this one is too bloody
At least we are disease free. All but the Cabernet Sauvignon have had their last
spray to comply with industry standard chemical withholding periods.
I expect to start harvest
in about two to three weeks