How the world has changed since the last time the vineyard had just finished flowering in November 2019! And yet the vines are forging forward towards vintage 2021.
This growing season was off to a good start with the soil profile topped up with good winter rainfall. I always judge how wet a winter has been by the Clarendon weir and how often it overflows during winter – and this year was the first time in three years that I saw it overflow so that was good news.
Flowering has now finished throughout most of McLaren Vale and growers are eagerly monitoring their vineyards to see how the fruit set went. We did have some rain, then hot and windy conditions during flowering, which may have affected fruit set and could lead to lower crops in 2021 so we will wait and see how the vines coped with these conditions.
Our Tipsy Hill vineyard in Blewitt Springs has a permanent grass sward between the vine rows and this has been mown (or as we call in the industry, slashed) this week and we are going through and removing watershoots from the trunks. The vines are looking very healthy and because of the good winter rainfall we haven’t yet started irrigating, however, this will likely start in a few weeks’ time. We use drip irrigation and are careful with how much water we use in the vineyard since we a conscious about water usage.
Shoot growth has started slowing down now as the vines get ready to start focusing their energy towards the development of fruit, and I’m looking forward to see what the fruit set looks like this year!
Bec Hardy Wines is a proud sponsor of Nature Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation that invests in conserving, restoring and protecting South Australian landscapes, flora and fauna to ensure their survival. In October 2020, Bec was elected to serve on the board of Nature Foundation, which was co-founded by her grandmother Dr Barbara Hardy AO.
You can read all of Nature Foundation’s newsletters here, including the latest issue with a mention about Bec’s appointment to the board and how you can donate to the International Koala Centre of Excellence.
After James Halliday rated the Pertaringa Tipsy Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 an amazing 99 points in his 2021 Wine Companion, he also included this wine is his Top 100 Wines in The Australian newspaper this weekend, again rated 99 points.
The Pertaringa cellar door remains open and COVID-safe, with plenty of outdoor seating and space to relax.
While technology has changed our lives for the better in many ways, there’s no denying that we could all do with a break from time to time. With the average person using their smart phone for over 3 hours a day and watching TV for up to 4 hours, it’s safe to say most of us could benefit from a digital detox. Immersing yourself in nature is one of the best and easiest ways to allow yourself to switch off and reconnect. Known as much for its natural beauty as its incredible wines, we firmly believe McLaren Vale is one of the best places to get back to nature. Here’s a few ideas to keep you busy when you put down the devices:
It’s on again! Spring has sprung and it’s the perfect time to join Birdlife Australia for the Aussie Backyard Bird Count from 19th to 25th October.
A great activity if you’re working from home or spending some extra time in familiar surroundings! You can give nature a helping hand and create twenty minutes of outdoor fun outdoors, all while supporting the amazing people at BirdLife Australia plot our bird populations. Fun for kids to do too!
This month, Bec was appointed to the board of Nature Foundation, following in the footsteps of her grandmother Dr Barbara Hardy AO. Bec has been involved in the Nature Foundation for years and is looking forward to contributing further through her involvement in the board.
Established in 1981 by Barbara, David Cleland, Warren Bonython AO and Dr Mark Bonnin AM, Nature Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation that invests in conserving, restoring and protecting South Australian landscapes, flora and fauna. Nature Foundation is a registered charity and relies upon supporters, members and donors to support its vital work. To learn more about and support the foundation, visit the Nature Foundation website.
Wine tasting, beaches, seafood, nature, wildlife – South Australia has so much to offer! And so does the rest of Australia!
The wine regions and the rest of the Australian tourism industry has suffered through the most challenging year, and Tourism Australia is encouraging people to support them in its newest #HolidayHereThisYear campaign. Domestic tourism is key in helping the recovery of this industry and Tourism Australia’s campaign is leading the charge. You can learn more about the campaign and all the amazing experiences Australia has to offer here.
With limited travel opportunities at the moment, we can be grateful there’s a world class tourist destination on our doorstep. So to help you out, we’ve put together a list of the top activities to make the most of a daytrip in McLaren Vale.
1. Immerse yourself in the region’s arts and culture.
With a range to suit all interests, McLaren Valley’s arts and culture scene won’t disappoint. Red Poles Art Gallery features indigenous artists from communities around South Australia. The Salvador Dali Sculpture Exhibition is a surrealist exhibition featuring authentic sculptures and graphic artworks from Salvador Dali, a titan of modern art.