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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.

Highlight of the  season in Waipara has been the implementation of several trial organic blocks. These have been very successful, thanks in part  to the clement weather and also the dedication of the staff to make this work. It was interesting to see, from spring, the difference in vigor between the organic and conventional blocks. The organic blocks being much less vigorous, bunch line more open and the leaves a paler green. By mid-summer the colour had evened out. Right up to harvest, those blocks stood up to the variety of weather and produced some of the best fruit.

Once again we have successfully employed a mob of 500 sheep to do some of our leaf plucking. At a busy time of the year when tractor/man hours are at a premium, these 4 legged leaf pluckers do a great job of opening the bunch line of over 70ha of vineyard.

Harvest started on 28th March and lasted for nearly 6 weeks, finishing with a pick of Pinot Gris on the 4th May, fruit still in very good condition, at 27 brix, on duck shooting opening day.

Through harvest we had glorious days interrupted by a few rain events often followed by windy Nor- Westers which kept us on our toes making harvest date decisions crucial to bringing in the best fruit.

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