Crop thinning….

April 19th, 2010 | Read Full Post

Birds love Riesling too Ornithologically Harvested ? Is that a word ? It is now ! Heres a graphic example of what happens when you dont have bird netting in place. The birds werent exactly hanging around waiting for Brix levels to hit 21, for acids to fall into place or for seed tannin levels to mature. Once they got a taste for it there was no holding them back. ...

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Uber Riesling, Day 2…

April 18th, 2010 | Read Full Post

april2010 029 Day 2 of the Riesling and following a brief period of cold settling (10C) I have racked the clear-ish juice over to a new tank to begin fermentation. All the lees were discarded. Back on Day 1 the hand harveted Waipara fruit was whole bunch pressed and the press stopped at a maximum of 1.2 bar to retain only the best juice. No enzymes were used and only the ...

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Poetry in motion…

April 14th, 2010 | Read Full Post

Heres a quick clip of us receiving our first batch of Pinot Noir from Waipara. The fruit is pretty clean but we run it over the sort table anyway just to clear out the odd bit of leaf and dodgy fruit. One great thing we opted to do when building the winery and buying new equipment (2007) was ...

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A dark cloud hangs over Sandihurst…

April 13th, 2010 | Read Full Post

clouds over sandihurst Only literally of course ! Its strangely dark for the middle of the day.

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Vintage 2010 underway…

April 12th, 2010 | Read Full Post

Day One - Vintage 2010 The first fruit of Vintage 2010 is now in. 3 tonnes of Pinot Noir from the Williams Hill vineyard in Waipara was processed last night. A mix of clones 115, 777 and 5, the fruit came in around 24.5 brix, pH 3.5, TA 7.0 g/L, mature seeds, delicate skins, even & moderate sized berries, and tasting great. This same vineyard was picked 12 days ...

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Frog Rock…

April 12th, 2010 | Read Full Post

frog rock in waipara The Waipara region, an in particular, the eastern hillsides, are rich in limestone. At the northern end of the valley is the Weka Pass which is full of rocky limestone outcrops like the one above. A number of these rocks look like certain creatures. This one is one of the most well known - the mighty Frog Rock.

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Location. location, location…

April 9th, 2010 | Read Full Post

waipara pinot noirs top spot If terroir is everything and great wines are made in the vineyard then this address is surely up there in the world of Pinot Noir. Blacks Avenue in Waipara produces outstanding fruit year after year and it ends up in some of New Zealands BEST Pinot Noirs, including Sandihurst!  Picking starts Monday !

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Safe and secure…

April 8th, 2010 | Read Full Post

Georges Road Vineyard in Waipara The countdown to harvest is on, perhaps starting as early as next week in Waipara. The grapes, as you see above, are safely submerged under the sea of netting. With the season largely over the next critical step in the winemakers mind is when to harvest. We have one eye on the weather and the other on grape sample maturity test results and are constantly ...

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A word on Waipara’s season…

April 7th, 2010 | Read Full Post

waipara pinot noir Theres no one measure that can be applied when summing up the grape growing season. This year has been , for want of a better word, duller. It just never seemed to hit the heat levels that we normally expect over a summer in Waipara. Although fruit set was fine, December and January were not warm months. By the end of the season we will be lucky ...

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The Hangover…

April 6th, 2010 | Read Full Post

sh19feb10 006 Courtesy of the excellent Debra Meiburg MW Congratulations, apparently you’re semi-vertical and able to read. Even so, you might be suffering from what is known medically as veisalgia, which is an amalgamation of the Greek word algia (pain) and a Norwegian word (kveis) with too many consonants to pronounce this morning, which means “uneasiness following debauchery.” The cure to alleviating “uneasiness” is as elusive as the Holy Grail and remedies run ...

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