As we move into August the days are beginning to get noticeably shorter. The vines notice this too and start putting all of their energies into ripening the fruit. As you can see the colour change is now almost complete in the Cru Vinsobres Syrah and the sugars are starting to accumulate in the grapes. At the same time the acid level in the grapes is falling and the tannins in the skins are becoming softer. The weather has been kind this year and whilst we are not safe until the grapes are in the vat there is now a feeling of entering the home straight and the anticipation of an excellent 2015 vintage – keep those fingers crossed!