The veraison process underway in healthy, balanced 70-year-old Shiraz vines between Vine Vale and Tanunda on the Barossa Ranges piedmont ... photo Steve Lindner 4 JAN 16
Wineries will very quickly fill up. Once they're full, fruit will be left hanging to over-ripen.
Way beyond smoke taint: these grapes are fried! Bushfire damage in Currency Creek, on the Murray-Darling estuary, in January 2013. Not only did the vines burn, but when the power failed and the pumps turned off, in the hotter spots the dripper lines dried out and burnt like cordite fuses, spreading the fire along the mulch lines, right below the fruit-filled canopies ... In December 2015, another bushfire came dangerously close to these same vineyards, but because the berries were well short of veraison and the winds were merciful, problems with smoke taint are unlikely ... photos Philip White