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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.

Bleak October weather resulted in slow growth on the vines, with the second latest bud burst in 7 years of recording. Thankfully late November saw the return of some much needed warmth!

The vineyard is now bustling with life as our 12 staff are kept busy thinning shoots, lifting wires, spraying, fertilising and mowing. The addition of our new dual purpose mower/mulcher has been very well received, minimising any spraying to keep our vineyard as sustainable and efficient as possible. 

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