The buds on the vines are starting to move, everything is green (even the vege garden) and the days are calling me to the beach- must be close to spring.
The Chardonnay around the Vale is already growing fast, but one of the earliest reds is Tempranillo. This is a variety that has its roots firmly in Spain, where it is widely planted across the all the main Spanish wine regions. Its name comes from the Spanish ‘Temprano’- which means ‘early’, and this characteristic doesnt change even when it is planted on our side of the world!
The Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon vines are still fast asleep- but it wont be long until they too are bursting forth.
All this growth makes me think about the upcoming vintage- what will it be like, cool and wet, or hot and dry, how will the wines look, what variety will be exciting, questions questions questions??? Bring on 2012 vintage…