Aug 2018: Madeleine Angevine grapes ripening unusually early after a record-hot summer. This was taken 25th Aug, three weeks before our planned harvest on 16th Sept. It's a nervous time. Wasps are hovering, and the grapes are ripening fast - we're monitoring the sugar and acid levels anxiously. Have we fixed on the right date to get the crisp flavour profile we aim for with our "Jane's" ? The acid levels on this variety can drop off quickly so we don't want to pick too late.
Photo 25 Aug, Jane Awty, iPhone SE.