The harvest continues…

May 4th, 2010 | Read Full Post

take care, grape pickers about In terms of grapes picked we are definitely on the home stretch now. Most grapes have now been picked and processed. Pinot Noirs from Waipara and Central Otago are in, Riesling and Pinot Gris from Waipara are also in and in varying stages of fermentation. There is just a little Riesling left on the vine and, from my own patch, a little Syrah. Another week ...

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The Ugly Duckling…

April 30th, 2010 | Read Full Post

sandihurst riesling 2010 Heres what you will be drinking around Christmas time this year. Looking nothing like the finished product it will soon become, here is our 2010 Waipara Riesling. On the 'dog years' scale of winemaking its just a teenager, full of youthful exuberance and in need of a little guidance, direction and discipline before maturing wonderfully into the type of adult we always hoped it would.

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Moving the Goalposts…

April 28th, 2010 | Read Full Post

waipara riesling ferment testing One of the issues with Riesling is knowing where you want the final balance of the wine to end up. Here we see the fermentation, having started life as juice of around 21 Brix is now down to just over 3. This equates to a residual sugar level of about 40g/L. Not bad considering that it started off with just over 200g/L (nearly twice the amount of Coke! - YES, ...

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Sézn Restaurant – 4 Stars Cuisine Magazine!

April 28th, 2010 | Read Full Post

Sézn Restaurant & Bar CONGRATULATIONS  to Sézn's owner Debbie, head chef Matt Schmutsch, his right hand man Ben Doherty and the whole team at Sézn Restaurant & Bar. They have just received 4 stars and a rave review in the latest issue of Cuisine Magazine - on sale now. If you haven't yet had the pleasure of dining at Sézn then call Debbie to make a reservation on 03 ...

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Ausgezeichnet !

April 27th, 2010 | Read Full Post

the perfect riesling bunch A beautiful looking bunch of Riesling grapes from the Georgres Road vineyard in Waipara. Is it ready to harvest ?

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End of the golden weather?…

April 26th, 2010 | Read Full Post

pinot gris waipara The weather has been amazing up until now, we couldnt have asked for better. But of course it cant last. This week is forecast to be a little unsettled with 2 or 3 days damp or wet weather. We still have some fruit out there on the vine and the task now will be to manage its arrival into the winery in the best possible shape. Too ...

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Another great reason to drink Riesling…

April 23rd, 2010 | Read Full Post

The mighty swine, a great match for Riesling As if you needed one. Riesling actually goes brilliantly with a lot of Pork dishes.

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Shades of Gris…

April 22nd, 2010 | Read Full Post

sandihurst waipara pinot gris Pinot Gris, in all its glory. Harvested by hand a few days ago at 24.5 Brix. But what to do with it ? There seems to some murmuring around both the lack of any defined Pinot Gris style in NZ and the labelling or lack thereof on each bottle which doesnt alert the consumer as to the style they can expect. And fair enough too. Unless you ...

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New Zealand and South African Wine – Amazing Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Riesling (and many other wines too!): Chapter 1…

April 21st, 2010 | Read Full Post

A much delayed report on my visit to South Africa – but better late than never. An incredible trip ...

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Balancing act…

April 20th, 2010 | Read Full Post

punch down through the pinot cap Punching down - a 2-3-4 times daily occurrence as we attempt to reintroduce the floating 'cap' of skins into the vinous liquid below. The CO2 gas produced as a by-product of fermentation by the yeasts pushes the grape skins to the surface. In our fermenters the cap would easily be strong enough to support the weight of a person, such is the power the ferment. ...

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