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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.

Just halfway through the winter months and we have progressed well with our pruning. In addition to our fulltime staff, we have around 40 casual pruning staff. A real mix of nationalities and languages in the vineyard! Chillean,Uruguan,French,English,German,Chinese and Kiwi!

June was very cold, recorded -13 at The Mound one morning which was another first! Grape vines in their dormant, winter state will cope with up to – 16, the pruning staff complain about the frosty mornings (think of them with frozen fingers trying to tie Sauvignon Blanc canes to a frosty wire.) but love the sunny days that follow.

90% of our vineyard is cane pruned to 2,3 or 4 canes depending on age and fruit destination, the remainder is spur pruned including our older block of own root Pinot Gris from whence comes our reserve Pinot Gris.

Jean-Luc Dufour, Waipara Valley Vineyard Manager

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