Wednesday, February 24th, 2010...3:26 am

Véraison

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For my non wine readers; véraison is the term used for when the grapes start to change colour from green to purple. This marks the countdown to harvest time. In this part of the world, near the equator, we can estimate harvest to be within 5 to 6 weeks of this.

In which case we are looking to harvest the fruit somewhere in late February or early March, depending on how much sunshine we get between now and then. The hot afternoons build up good sugars in the grape. At this stage we are no longer susceptible to bad mildew although we continue to monitor closely and to spray with a wettable sulphur.

Here is a picture of one of the bunches of Pinot Noir that I took on January 20th, 2010.

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