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August 2012

Marlborough Update - The Woolshed Vineyard, August 2012

Flooding at the Woolshed Vineyard - August 2012

The later than normal harvest was followed by a big frost on the 25th April and we were able to start pruning straight after harvest. This allowed us to get all the major cuts completed and utilize theKlima Stripper to its maximum and get the whole Woolshed block stripped before sending machine to Waipara to strip out down there.

Central Otago Update - Golden Terraces Vineyard, August 2012

Golden Terraces Vineyard, August 2012

Pruning began 1st week of June. We adopted a slight change to past seasons with “crew” numbers which resulted in a smaller precise crew being employed – 7 people in total. This seemed a huge task as we have 91ha to prune but the rationale behind it was to allow the crew to have continuous work through to end of September (or thereabouts), along with the major fact that the supervision of this small crew would result in the job being conducted nearly to 100% of expectation.

Waipara Valley Update - August 2012

Waipara Valley Update - August 2012

 

In spite of the coolest summer we have experienced in nearly 20 years in New Zealand, we have harvested some beautiful fruit due to the fantastic autumn. Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris fruit looked and tasted particularly splendid.

It was a very condensed harvest for us not starting until after Easter and most of the picking concentrated over the last two weeks of April, first week of May. The last of the Riesling was not done until the 27 of May by which time we had already started the pruning.

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