Always the most exciting time of the year:  budburst.  Wine I first bought the vineyard in 1980, budburst was during the third week in September.  Apart from a brief climatic shift lasting about seven years it has been back to that same time for the past five years and remains one of the four indicators that whatever is happening to the worlds climate isn’t happening here (the others are flowering, fruit set and colour change (veraison).  Budburst only just made the third week this year, being measured on the last day.IMG_1622

About Stuart

Born Bushey Herts UK in 1945. Migrated to Australia 1949. Schooled in Launceston Tas. Served in the RAAF 1963-1986 initially as an instrument mechanic, graduating from 64 pilots course in 1968. Service in Vietnam 1971. Graduate: Navy Staff College in 1984. Retired as Wing Commander 1986. Graduate: Charles Sturt University 1987 with BAppSc (Wine Science). A decade of wine politics 1987 - 2007 including state president (Tas) and national vice-president of the Winemakers Federation of Australia. State services member: Veterans Review Board 1991 - 2015 and chairman of Life Education Tasmania Inc 2007 - 2013. Passionate about wine; keen trekker in PNG; military history.
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