Wine producers say they aren’t interested in growing genetically modified vines despite the development of GM varieties resistant to common funguses. ABC Rural, 28 October 2011 read more http://www.abc.net.au/rural/wa/content/2011/10/s3350897.htm
A wonderful rainfall over the weekend, complete with a rainbow – just in time as we planted a new block of Mataro vines. Mataro (also known as Mourvèdre or Monastrell) proves to be a very hardy grape which blends beautifully with our old Grenache grapes.
Some of Australia’s favourite vineyards will be forced to move or produce wines that taste markedly different because of climate change, a viticulture expert said. Rising temperatures have already affected many grape growers, with fruits ripening earlier each year. Sydney Morning Herald, 25 July 2011 read more http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/vineyards-count-days-to-change-in-flavours-20110724-1hvei.html
It’s been a long-ish vintage, what with the rains and cooler than usual weather. The Grenache took its time to come to fully ripen to optimum flavour and maturity. We hand-picked the grapes selectively over several weeks, to choose the best quality grape bunches. We did the last harvest this […]
Read in the press yesterday about vineyard managers troubled by the rains. One says that he’s sprayed 11 times and still got fungus in the vines. Sprayed 11 times! Wasn’t it obvious the first 2-3 times that it wasn’t working? Strange that people still try to fix nature … Nothing […]