High Sands Grenache, 24th Feb. It's still hanging healthily. Some of those green berries have ripened, and it's edging towards the arrival of the hand-pickers ... photo Philip White
Cool Coonawarra hasn't properly started, although some reports are glowing. It needs sunshine and dry. Peter Gago (Penfolds) says that in the South-east in general the slow flowering seems to have hit the Cabernet harder than the Shiraz, giving uneven ripening within the bunches. He says Padthaway looks particularly good. They've hardly started, really. There's a long, long way to go.