I visited McLaren Vale briefly with my fellow MW students in November, with stops at Coriole and Noon. Some vineyard pictures and brief comments follow.
|(Above) Shiraz vines at Coriole, against a backdrop of dry fields. Some (possible) wind damage on shoot tips on right hand side.|
|Fruit set on 1919 shiraz vines at Coriole.|
|Heavy mulching for soil moisture retention on Coriole 1919 shiraz vines.|
|Gobelet trained mourvèdre vines at Noon, and dry soils.|
|Gobelet trained graciano vines at Noon competing with grass and a row of eucalyptus trees, and requiring irrigation lines.|
|Dry grown, gobelet trained grenache at Noon.|
|Some particularly healthy looking grenache vines at Noon, the outside row showing more vigour.|