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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.

Weather at this time of the year always has a huge impact on productivity & morale – past seasons have been recorded where we have periods of up to three weeks with no visual vitamin “D” – the sun!! Well no surprise but early July delivered the norm. For seven days our average daily temperature was negative 2 degrees Celsius!!! Tough going for the crew!! However, since then we have now had a truly spectacular run of great sunny weather, cold frosty starts, but day temperature rising to the mid “teens” – quite surreal. Some days we have seen a temperature difference of 14-15 degrees. The vineyard turns into a “clothesline” – three layers of warm winter clothes become removed to one as the day warms with the layers being “hung” on the wires in each person’s row. One has to remember where your clothes are as retrieval by end of day is a necessity – the three layers will be needed for the start of “tomorrow”

Productivity is on schedule, we should complete our cane pruned portion of the vineyard by 3rd week of August [58ha] with the 33ha of spur pruned area to complete the season. Tractor mulching of the pruning’s is an annual task – one that is only conducted once the crew have completed a sizable area.

Central Otago has a “unique” rabbit problem, this year being no exception – quite the reverse. Regional Council conducted a “count” of rabbit numbers & our local area, Bendigo, was instructed that a poisoned 1080 carrot drop would be requirement – cost to the relevant land owners. Two dummy carrot drops are done a week apart with the third being the poisoned carrot. This drop was done at the start of the month (see photo). The weather is imperative, which delivered. The following day, the rabbit numbers was the difference between night & day – great result for all. The poisoned carrots are applied by aircraft, efficient way of covering a large area of undulating terrain.

Ducan Cramp, Central Otago Vineyard Manager

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.

 The month of May was dry and 17 frosts were recorded. Temperatures were down to as low as -5 degrees Celsius on three or more occasions. These cold mornings resulted in some beautiful Marlborough Sunny days. June was very wet with 182mm rain recorded on the block.

As of the 3rd August the whole block has been wrapped down ready for the new growing season.

Marlborough has experienced some flooding with the vineyard not escaping either; we have had a lot of water flowing through the block as you can see in this photo. Let’s hope the next couple of months produce a warmer and dryer spring.

Nev Gane, Vineyard Manager

Pinot Noir 2013
Pinot Noir 2013

New Zealand’s premiere wine event is held only once every three years and the next one is happening from 28 to 31 January 2013 in Wellington, New Zealand. If you love Pinot Noir you cannot afford to miss it.
 
Not surprisingly Waipara Hills will be there, and we’d love you to join us.
 
It’s not just about us though, there will be over 100 other New Zealand wineries from five different regions showing their Pinots with some very special guest stars thrown in for good measure:
USA’s Matt Kramer – bitingly intelligent author and Pinot Noir lover
Australia’s Mike Bennie – one of the young wine writers cutting through the baloney
Opening address by our own movie god – Sam Neill
Burgundy expert – Jasper Morris MW


The full programme can be found at http://www.pinotnz.co.nz/programme.php

Ruth Pretty is putting together a stellar line up of food events featuring the very best produce from our Pinot regions.
 
And it all winds up with an evening on Wellington’s waterfront – the term ‘Gala Dinner’ does not do this night justice!
 
Trust us, you will have a ball.
 
If this sounds like you, find out more at www.pinotnz.co.nz, and follow us via Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/pinotnoirnzand Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PinotNoirNZ.
 
We’d love to see you there, join the party!

Waipara Hills Pulls a Hat Trick at Local Wine Awards
Waipara Hills Pulls a Hat Trick at Local Wine Awards

Waipara Hills has scored three major wins at one of Canterbury's most prestigious wine competitions.

The 2011 Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Riesling was named as Canape Class winner at the inagural Canterbury Wine Awards.

Furthering this sucess the 2011 Waipara Hills Equinox Waipara Valley Pinot Noir was named the Lamb Class winner, while the Waipara Hills Equinox Late Harvest Riesling was named the Dessert Class Winner.

The presentation of the awards and overall winner will be announced at the David Jackson Dinner in Christchurch on May 24th 2012.

For more information please download the press release.

Waipara Hills Announces The Food Show Masterclass Series Sponsorship
Waipara Hills Announces The Food Show Masterclass Series Sponsorship

Waipara Hills is excited to be exhibiting at the Food Show Wellington, 11-13th May, and will also be the wine sponsor for The Food Show Masterclass Series.

The Food Show is New Zealand's largest culinary event, held annually in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. It gives Kiwis the opportunity to sample the latest products from hundreds of exhibitors, gather ideas for home entertaining and learn from local and international food experts

Small groups will be presented by celebrity chefs and food experts including NZ Listener food columnist Lauraine Jacobs, Good Morning chef Simon Holst, MasterChef NZ Judge and Editor of Cuisine Magazine Ray McVinnie, MasterChef NZ winner Nadia Lim and television and radio cooking personality Annabelle White.

For more information on The Food Show and to purchase tickets to The Masterclass Series in Wellington visit www.foodshow.co.nz. For more information about Waipara Hills involvement please download the press release.

Embrace the Spirit of Equinox with Waipara Hills Wine
Soul of The South
Embrace the Spirit of Equinox with Waipara Hills Wine

Celebrate the very best nature has to offer when the sun and earth align with the Waipara Hills Equinox range of specially crafted wines.

 

Our limited release new vintage Equinox range has been recently released to coincide and celebrate the Aumnal Equinox (20th March 2012).  

This new range includes:

- 2011 Waipara Hills Equinox Sauvignon Blanc

- 2011 Waipara Hills Equinox Riesling

- 2011 Waipara Hills Equinox Pinot Gris

- 2010 Waipara Hills Equinox Pinot Noir

- NV Waipara Hills Equinox Late Harvest Riesling

 

To learn more about these wines please download the full press release.

International Reputation Building for Waipara Hills
International Reputation Building for Waipara Hills - Supermarket News (NZ)

Waipara Hills was recently profiled in the February 2012 edition of Supermarket News, a New Zealand trade publication.

"In just 10 years Waipara Hills has established itself as a leading New Zealand Winery. The small South Island winery has been popping up at home and abroad - on New Zealand TV screens, on our national airline and at some of the largest supermarket chains in the world - and has also picked up more than 200 accolades along the way."

 

Please download the pdf to read the full article.

Marlborough shows its pedigree through Waipara Hills
Marlborough shows its pedigree through Waipara Hills

25 gold medals over ten vintages, from wine shows accross the globe, are a testament to the quality of Sauvignon Blanc made by New Zealand's Waipara Hills. The latest release, the 2011 vintage, has a lot to live up to with such a pedigree.

The 2011 Waipara Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is a blend of two of the key sub regions of Marlborough, including the vineyards grown on terraces of the Awatere and Wairau Valleys. These unique regions contribute key attributes to the final blend of 2011 vintage.

"The 2011 Wairau fruit offered us the tropical and grassy flavours that we were after," explained Waipara Hills winemaker Simon McGeorge. "The Awatere component was a smaller percentage of the final blend this year as it was a more challenging vintage."

 

To read the full article please download the press release.

2010 Waipara Hills Sauvignon Blanc takes out Cellars in the Sky award
NZ Wine takes out Cellars in the Sky award

They may be rivals on the ground and in the air, but when it comes to knowing a good wine it seems some of the world's best airlines are in agreement on which wine to serve their passengers.

A number of The Mud House Group's internationally honoured vintages have been selected for in-flight dining on several prestigious airlines for Asia Pacific routes and as far afield as Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

 

Please download the full press release to read more

New World Wine & Food Festival - Hagley Park, Christchurch, 3 December 2011
New World Wine & Food Festival - Hagley Park, Christchurch, 3 December 2011

Waipara Hills is looking forward to participating in the New World Wine & Food Festival this Saturday (3 December 2011) in Hagley Park, Christchurch.

The event will be a celebration of the South Island wine regions acceptance at the New Zealand representative on the prestigious Great Wine Capitals Global Network. 

With a big line up of local music, great wine and food make sure to get your ticket here:  http://winefestival.co.nz/2011/

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