Autumn 2012

A very dry September was followed by a relatively wet, warm October and then the wettest November – December period in the last seven years. The December total of 102mm came from only three rain events! The start of September was extremely cold with frost predictions for most nights; however no visual damage was sustained. Bud burst started in early September in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and was very even. Shoot growth, as predicted, was very vigorous due to the warm soils and the rain occurrence and early indications from the size and the amount of inflorescences per shoot indicated a moderate crop would be achieved. The high rainfall produced sizeable canopies necessitating a lot of hard work from the vineyard team. At this stage all the crops are relatively even with perhaps the inclination to a smaller Chardonnay harvest but a very good Viognier one!