End of the golden weather?…

April 26th, 2010 | Posted by

pinot gris waipara The weather has been amazing up until now, we couldnt have asked for better. But of course it cant last. This week is forecast to be a little unsettled with 2 or 3 days damp or wet weather. We still have some fruit out there on the vine and the task now will be to manage its arrival into the winery in the best possible shape. Too much rain dilutes the berries and hastens the onset of rot but I would also like that remaining fruit to dehydrate a little on the vine in an effort to concentrate the sugar and increase the ratio of skin/juice of each berry. Its a juggling act and getting it wrong or right can have an irreversible effect on the resulting wine. No pressure then.