Some yields might be down but the quality of their crops has pleased grape growers.ELAINE COONEY March 27, 2014 4:05am
District vineyard owners are reporting a good year for the grape harvest despite the heat wave in January.
Colbinabbin’s Whistling Eagle vineyard owner Ian Rathjen said the hot spell hit at a crucial time in the ripening process and vineyard staff responded by providing as much water as required.
He said the hot weather began at the start of the veraison process, which is when the sugar starts to develop and red grapes begin to change colour.
‘‘There was a little bit of damage but vines are tough things and battle through pretty well,’’ he said.
Lake Cooper’s manager Don Risstrom blamed the heat for a lower yield but said the quality of the grapes was excellent this year.
He said the cold snap in spring also played a part in the poor fruit set
Mr Risstrom is finished with the harvest season which took two weeks compared to the usual three.
He said the Shiraz grape was the vineyard’s best and went into A grade fruit.
Mr Rathjen could not choose which of his grapes performed best in his vineyard.
He joked that the comparison would be like choosing one child over another.
He admitted to enjoying working with the Sangiovese grape because it was the most difficult to manage and required a lot of attention.
Mr Rathjen said the grapes ripened earlier this year and said the quality was similar to last year.
‘‘2013 was a cracker of a year,’’ he said.
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Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
A snake was spotted this afternoon.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
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A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
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