The man behind the vines at Squitchy Lane, Steve Sadlier gives us an update on the vineyard as we head into summer.
What a difference a week makes with recent rains coming at such an important time for the Pinot and Chardonnay at Squitchy Lane. Cabernet, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc flowering may be slightly interrupted, but I will take the rain any time. With very dry conditions and a lot of cold morning starts in September and October, November has been one of the best.
Vine health could not be better. With strong, deep green colour in the leaves and strong growing tips, fruit set in the Pinot and Chardonnay has been ideal. Although a little too early to tell in the late red varieties and Sauvignon Blanc but I am very confident that all will be well.
As I write these few brief lines on the second week of December I couldn`t be happier with the vine and fruit progress at Squitchy Lane. Two weeks ago we faced very low soil moisture levels and our dam that we rely on for irrigation purposes was only 60% full. Whilst the water level in the dam has remained the same, November rains have delivered a huge sense of relief. No doubt there is hot weather on the way but we are in a much better position to face it now.
With roughly average temperatures and rainfall over the summer period, Vintage 2019 could be very satisfying.