Interestingly, however, the season is running nearly three weeks later than the past 10 years – due mainly to the extremely cold weather conditions experienced during September and October, which resulted in a delayed start to the season and very slow vine growth. I am expecting Chardonnay to commence veraison very shortly and, hopefully, transition through very quickly, which should see us on track for a late February early March harvest commencement. The reds do not appear to be as late as the whites and appear to be tracking closer to a more “normal” pattern, although still on the later side. So it's fingers crossed for a continuation of fine, warm and sunny weather and a magnificent blossom on the native Jarrah and Marri trees to keep the Silvereyes occupied!
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