It’s hot here at the moment – 36 Degrees Celcius as I write this. It’s been like this for the past week and some locals are talking about 2003 all over again – but in 2003 they apparently had 63 straight days over 30 Degrees and with no rain – so there’s a way to go yet! The vines still look OK and the grapes are well developed, without any signs of stress so far. Last year, at this point, they were still recovering from the hail!
However those (including us) that stripped back leaf cover in some east facing parts of the vineyard earlier in the season might be regretting it now. It just demonstrates that no matter what you read, no matter who you listen to, no matter what you did last year – the current year is always unique in what it delivers and therein lies the skill of the winemaker in adapting to these challenges as they arise. But for all that rhetoric, it’s still a bit difficult to put leaves back onto the vines!