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vintage 2008 update

“A month ago I wrote that August and September were the all-important months in making the quality of a vintage. Well, August is almost done and to be honest, it has been grim – about 2ºC cooler, and already 40% wetter, than average. Thank goodness the forecast is perfect for at least the next week.”

Read the words of David Clark

4 responses to “vintage 2008 update”

  1. Bob Burgundy

    Looks like this year’s vintage could be poor? Does the excess rain make the grapes swell but with less taste?

  2. Chris Robinson

    The problem with rain at this stage is the potential for mildew from extended wet conditions. Grapes also go into phases of slowed and uneven development. September may well make the vintage but July and August make the fruit!

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