The new season is underway with the first new shoots appearing in the Smedley Lane Chardonnay block in our Yarra Valley vineyard. We expect the Melba block Pinot Noir to follow suit with this warmer weather in the next few days. With good soil moisture the vines are well set up for another excellent season.
It is not widely known that we often have budburst in the Yarra Valley before the Bendigo vineyard. The continental climate in Bendigo often brings very cold overnight temperatures at this time of year thus delaying budburst compared to the Yarra Valley. Our vineyard manager Steve Bullock, had the frost fans running over three nights last week to stop any possibility of damage to the nascent buds. First varieties to kick off in Bendigo will be the Chardonnay closely followed by the Sangiovese and both are due to shoot forth this coming week. The Merlot, and Shiraz will follow in another week or so with the Cabernet the last to burst into life.