Ashbrook Estate News Issue 3 - Summer 2019

Vines enjoying summer holidays…

So far we have experienced a cool, gentle ripening with temperatures only reaching above 30°C nine times. A rain event on January 22nd purely served to refresh the vines as the wind blew and the sun shone in the immediate days to follow. Hedging and the application of bird netting commenced in the last week of January once canopy growth stopped and fruit ripening took over in the earlier varieties. We anticipate harvest to be underway by the last week of February. In the meantime, we are putting together our picking team, preparing the winery equipment and machinery, monitoring calving, feeding hay rolls to cattle, processing wine orders and managing the cellar door!