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Fri, 01 Jul 2011
Picking the 2010 Waite Shiraz
I helped out with picking the Shiraz (aka Syrah) allocated to my group from
the Coombe vineyard on the Waite Campus today. We started picking at about
6:30, and I carried on until 10:00 when I had a lecture I had to attend.
Others carried on until all our three and a half rows were picked, and
we had around a tonne of fruit.
The fun part of this for me getting up at 5 am. It's something I can do
if I have to, but I certainly don't enjoy it. It was worth it, though, once
I got out into the vineyard.
South Australia has experienced a really hot year this year -- again -- and
this was particularly evident from seeing how some of the grapes were
shrivelled on the vine. Here is the worst example I found:
... but that was the exception rather than the rule. More common were
bunches where a percentage were burnt, and the rest were fine:
As the burnt grapes will be removed by the crusher-destemmer, we were told it
was fine to include them with the picked grapes.
Also, we can haz tractor! Luckily for everybody, I wasn't allowed to drive it ;-)
Next week sometime, we'll pick the Mataró. I've got so many classes next
week, I'm not certain I'll manage to do much towards that, which is a shame. I'm not
the fastest picker by a long way, so I doubt it'll make much difference to how quickly
the grapes are picked, but (in short stretches) it's an interesting thing to try.
Next challenge: actually making this into wine.
posted at: 01:50 | path: /wine/oenology_diploma |
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