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Katrina Rohrlach, Ryan Schulz and Rick Steicke scraping apricots from trays at Gully Gardens, Angaston in the
final stage of the drying process for a season that has produced a bountiful crop.
By Kelly-Marie Jenner
For Mr Rick Steicke of Gully Gardens
in Angaston, the recent rain and wintery
conditions in the middle of summer have
created some issues for his stone fruit
Rick grows an assortment of fruits
including apricots, peaches, plums and
pears and also owns a vineyard.
He says that the rain has caused some
cracking to peaches around the stems.
“Prior to this rain we had a lot of very
hot days and the flesh of our pears, peaches
and prunes experienced slight burning,”
“When the rain started we only had
a few apricots left on the trees but have
now experienced some cracking to fruit.
“This will be a problem for all growers
in our area.”
Rick also said the fruit that has been
cut and is sitting on trays is now at risk
of becoming darker in appearance due to
being constantly moist and sticky from
the high humidity.
“This could cause the fruit to darken,
but the flavour will not be affected,” he
“It will also be more beneficial to the
consumer as the sulphur levels will be
“Brown rot will be the next thing to
look out for now, we will just have to wait
Overall Rick is pleased with his
bountiful crops and says that he can afford
“The rain will be good for next year’s
harvest as it will create positive fruit bud,”
“The February rain last year created
great bud and this current rain will benefit
fruit bud development.
“This rain will particularly benefit
sizing for pome fruit such as apples
and pears and will produce great peach
flavours as the hot weather isn’t around
to ripen them as fast.”
Vineyard owner, Mr Marcus
Schulz of Belvidere Road,
Ebenezer says that most of the
recent rain has been a blessing
for his crop.
He says that some of the vines
were going into stress due to the
heat before the rain occurred.
“Due to the severe heat, a lot of
bunches were burnt, particularly
the Mataro variety,” he said.
“The rain has certainly been
a blessing for our dry grown
“We have had the odd berries
cracking but most have been ok.
“What we need now is for the
rain to clear up and some wind
Marcus says that the grapes
are a bit early this year but that
the rain will slow them up.
“It has been dry for so long, the last
decent rain we had was in September,”
“Unfortunately we were hit by the
October frost which meant that we lost a
third of our crop, but this rain will improve
our main varieties and do our vine health
the world of good.
“The vines will produce a good vintage
if the weather clears up now, otherwise we
will be out with our sprays to stop botrytis
and downy mildew.”
Rain produces positives and
negatives for region’s growers
Continued from front page
Margaret said she felt “a huge
weight” had been lifted from her
shoulders and that the significance
of the collection was undeniable. Peter
himself thought of his cellar as a
“museum” beneath his family home.
“It’s a very eclectic and broad
ranging collection,” described
“When I first met Peter in the late
1960s, winemakers would, as a matter
of course, swap wines. We’ve got a slice
of Australian wine industry history
and we have quite a few imported
wines there. It’s a very diverse
“It’s too big for anybody to sit down
and sip away for the rest of their
lives!” laughed Margaret.
However, she becomes nostalgic
when thinking of the many memories
associated with every bottle; the
wedding anniversaries, the children’s
milestones and the many other
significant life events celebrated and
shared over the years.
“You feel a bit wistful.... every
bottle has a memory. But practicality
says this is sensible and it gives
other people an opportunity to taste
Australian wine history.
“The most comforting thing I feel
is that this has been discussed with
The wines will be released in lots
over a period of several years with the
first offerings ranging in price from
$120-$999 per bottle. Sons, David and
Philip Lehmann are undertaking a
comprehensive re-corking programme
of some of the wines with every bottle
authenticated with a special seal.
The Lehmann family will hold
stocks back for future generations
and a dozen of carefully selected wines
will be sold at this year’s Barossa
Vintage Festival wine auction with
all proceeds going towards the Peter
Lehmann Arts and Education Trust
set up through Foundation Barossa.
“It’s a very worthy end result for
the wines,” said Margaret.
collection for sale
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