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News

Central Otago Harvest 2013

Central Otago

The 2013 season was one of the latest on record. Harvest started in earnest on April 5th. Weather conditions for harvest were near perfect, with cool calm days.  The prediction of rain eventuated with a shower of rain falling the day after final pick.

Waipara Valley Vineyard Update 2013

Four legged leaf pluckers hard at work

Summer of 2012/13 will be remembered by us as a great summer in the vineyard and this will be reflected in the bottle; vintage 2013!

This warm and settled summer was the base for a favorable ripening season. Fruit was harvested with good flavour, generous sweetness and solid acidity across all varietals.

Waipara Valley Vineyard Update, December 2012

This new photo shows undervine mowing in our Waipara Valley trail block which was completed last week.  

In further news, the Pinot Noir is in full flower, Riesling and Pinot Gris halfway through and Sauvignon just starting.

The casual team has completed our second pass of wire lifting (you can see how the vines have grown in the last couple of weeks with the shoots reaching the top of the posts) and we are hoping to have the third one done the day before Christmas all going well!

NZ Summer of Riesling

NZ Summer of Riesling

http://www.summerofriesling.co.nz/

The Summer of Riesling is a worldwide movement which encourages the consumption, discussion and enjoyment of Riesling. It’s about having fun, enjoying great wine and not taking ourselves too seriously. Watch out for tshirts, wicked wine lists, lane way parties and tattoos!

Waipara Hills at the New World Wine & Food Festival, 8th December 2012

Waipara Hills at the New World Wine & Food Festival,  8th December 2012

Waipara Hills is excited to exhibit at The New World Wine & Food festival this weekend in Christchurch, NZ. The festival returns for the second year to celebrate the wineries of the South Island region, and their status as New Zealand's representative on the prestigious Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

Marlborough Update - The Woolshed Vineyard December 2012

Preparing to fight the frost

The growing season has started well at The Woolshed Vineyard with warm weather leading to great shoot development and very even budburst on the 27th October. The first half of November saw the arrival of cooler than average weather which slowed vine growth and that distinctive yellowing of vines was evident around Marlborough. Frost damage to vines on the Woolshed block was minimal compared to some blocks in the region.

Waipara Valley Update - Home Block, The Deans & The Mound Vineyard December 2012

Vineyard team hard at work in Waipara

Spring started in Mid-September for Waipara with the Chardonnay first to bud burst, followed by the Pinots, Riesling and Sauvignon.

With bud burst we are on high alert for spring frosts and have had 17 events this year. The last time the helicopter flew was the 8th of November, fighting hard to keep the frost at bay.

Spring so far has been rather cold and growth slow. The weather is looking to improve from now on just in time for flower.

Central Otago Update - Golden Terraces Vineyard December 2012

Frost Fighting methods

There have been testing times in Central Otago, with 12 recorded frost events to date (the highest number in the past 4 seasons).  As widely reported the frost event on the 4th of November was particularly damaging across the Central Otago region. Initial indications were for a loss of 100 tonnes of fruit, although this has now been scaled back to 60 tonnes, we are certain it will still have a significant impact on the local pinot noir supply.

Fiona Beckett - Latest UK Review

2011 Waipara Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

We were pleased to see a fantastic review from Fiona Beckett of Matching Food & Wine, another huge fan of our 2011 Waipara Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Waipara Valley Vineyard Project, October Update

Waipara Valley Vineyard Project, October Update

Monday 29th October was the first day of shoot thinning in our Pinot Noir block at the Mound Vineyard in the Waipara Valley. This small block is part of the Waipara Valley sustainable project mentioned earlier in the blog.

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