8.17am Yalumba Clocktower, Barossa Valley
Morning folks – another hot day (38 degrees) on the way, chasing a warm night last night. We usually get the gully breezes across Angaston, but last night not a blade of grass moved. This warm burst has helped the vintage start to build up a head of steam, and tonight we’ll have 9 different parcels of fruit tumble in – so it’s going to be busy. I’m going to come in at midnight to get some photos so you can see what the grapes for Sam Wigan’s Sangiovese looks like (yes – the infamous Captain Colourscheme, let’s see him top fuchsia from last vintage). I also let you see Louisa Rose’s Gewurtztraminer and early sample pick Riesling – destined to be the Prima – from Pewsey Vale.
So I’ll see you when it’s a bit cooler – well at least it will be dark anyway – and we’ll have a look at the fruit and juice coming in tonight. You’ll recognise me – I’ll be the one wearing the mandatory high vis(ibility) vest lurking about the grape lab and crusher bay and carrying the camera! See ya later.