Wow, we’ve had some beautiful weather this week, sunny blue skies with warm temperatures in the early 20s, perfect springtime weather. People around the Valley have been getting excited about warmer times, barbies etc and all has been good. Today, however, more rain and a bitterly cold southerly have somewhat dampened everyone’s enthusiasm, not quite spring yet! The vines of course were not so easily fooled. They are still happily lying in dormancy, waiting for our average temperatures to rise for a sustained period when they will respond by bursting the buds all along the cordons and pushing new life into the warm air. The sap is already rising a little so it shouldn’t be too long now but we aren’t in a rush, a later budburst means later harvest and, all things being normal (a phrase which is almost meaningless in the world of farming!), grapes that ripen fully and slowly in cooler autumn temperatures.
We shall see!