Meanwhile, back at the winery …

3.21pm, Yalumba Clocktower, Angaston, Eden Valley
This afternoon is the same as this morning – dreary old drizzly stuff that won’t go away. So much for ‘possible showers’ forecast over the weekend – it was probable showers across both Saturday and Sunday. That hasn’t stopped the harvest – it’s just about all Cabernet Sauvignon at the moment from the Barossa Floor. There’s still a little bit of Grenache dribbling in from the same part of the world – along with Mataro. Good old solid thick skinned Mataro. This is your year! It’s stood up really well in the face of everything that the weather has thrown at it, and may very well end up being the backbone of a lot of Barossa reds this year.

Also, Pete Gambetta is away in the reds, with the first few separate sections from down at the Menzies vineyard in the Coonawarra coming in on Saturday and again this afternoon. This will be interesting – to see how those ferments start to go, and we’ll have a look at those tomorrow morning.

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