How fast will these numbers rise?


We have just completed our first Baume’ test for the vineyard for the 2021 Vintage (3rd Feb 2021).

We’ve got full veraison and everything is looking in great shape, and the berries are ripening. The first test of the season doesn’t tell you much, but it creates a baseline for next week’s test and so on.

Once we can see not only how ripe the grapes are at a given date, but how quickly they are ripening week by week, we can start to make more informed guesses about the starting date for picking.

Based on Baume’ readings taken today (3rd Feb 2021), we are guessing that picking will begin on the first weekend of March and continue on for 3 or 4 weeks. However, this is only a guess until we get subsequent readings.

Weekly Readings

3rd Feb 2021:

Today’s reading was 9.2 Be’ (16.6 Brix). This compares to 2017 when we were still only at 8.4 on the 4th Feb and the 2016 when we were already at 10.5 Be’ on the 1st Feb. After the exhausting sprint of the 2016 harvest when we started early and finished in a flash, and the very slow ripening of 2017, we look on track for something in-between. But we will see what the numbers are next week.

10th Feb 2021

Today’s reading was 10 Be’ (18.0 Brix). Things are moving along quietly. Temperatures have been mid to high 20’s for most of the week.

17th Feb 2021

Ripening continues. Todays reading 11.0 Be’ (19.8 Brix) Still on track for mid-March start to picking.

24th Feb 2021

Baume reading on 24th Feb was 12.8 Be’ (23 Brix). The fruit is ripening quickly; warm days, a few warm nights and there you have it. We will start in earnest on the 9th March.

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