Posts by Kirk:

Giving the Gift of Flowers…

December 16th, 2010

Flowering time in the Sandihurst vineyardFlowering time in the Sandihurst vines. Heres a close up of whats going on. Flowering has started, meaning the cap has fallen from the berry, exposing the anthers and stigma. Given the right weather conditions (and it has been great this year in Waipara) there will be a transfer of pollen from the anther to the stigma. Grapes are self fertilising. ...

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The fruit of our labour…

November 17th, 2010

bunch of grapes in waipara - mid november The fruit is growing, getting larger and will soon begin flowering. Fingers crossed for warm settled weather during this time. Its been a great start to the season to date.

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Onwards towards flowering…

November 10th, 2010

The Georges Road Vineyard in WaiparaIts been a great start to the season. No frost worries, plenty of heat and just the right amount of rain. The vines are growing superbly as they head towards their next major event - flowering. This should be within the next few weeks. The vines above, in our Georges Road vineyard in Waipara, have been shoot thinned already and each vine has ...

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Sandihurst Wine – The Friday video…

November 5th, 2010

Airline passengers recieve a welcome by singers in this popular T-Mobile advert from Germany.  Best enjoyed with a glass of the any one of the brilliant Sandihurst Rieslings.

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Another view of Sandihurst Winery…

November 1st, 2010

sandihurst winery

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People are awesome…

October 28th, 2010

Yes they are. And also a little mad...

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Back breaking…

October 26th, 2010

bud rubbing ahoyOut in the vineyard its time to deal to all those stray shoots which tend to sprout from around the base of the vine. They often appear near the graft union between the rootstock and the varietal in question although can occur all the way up the trunk to just below the fruiting wire. Some people call it Bud Rubbing, to others its Toenailing. Either way its a tough job ...

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Growing Gewurztraminer…

October 25th, 2010

Sandihurst GewurztraminerA shot of a Gewurztraminer shoot from our home vineyard. Already you can see a small bunch of grapes showing. Our job now is to manage those grapes through until flowering time which is approximately 6 weeks away. The weather at flowering is crucial to the amount of fruit that will 'set' on each bunch. Steady warmer temperatures encourage more fruit to set. Until that point, the threat of frost is not ...

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Winemaking is childs play…

October 21st, 2010

An insight into the European culture perhaps - a classic childrens cartoon from the early 1970's. Originally from France, this episode of Barbapapa is from German TV and is called  'The Wine Harvest' where a group of children/young blobs try to make wine. They even build their own wine press. Brilliant, even if you dont speak German.

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Your next glass of wine starts here…

October 18th, 2010

buds1 There are already two bunches of fruit on this growing shoot, in fact they were already there when the bud was formed in the previous season. With enough loving care and attention throughout the season they will be picked and processed through the winery coming out the other end, in about 12 months time, as approximately one glass of wine. It could be yours.

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