Words of warning…

February 5th, 2010 | Read Full Post

oz Straight from Stuff but worth repeating... A New Zealand wine industry leader says British critic Oz Clarke has given the industry a timely warning not to flood its main export market with cut-price pinot noir, as is already happening with sauvignon blanc. Mr Clarke, reigning world wine tasting champion, told the Pinor Noir 2010 conference in Wellington last night that "oceans" of New Zealand sauvignon blanc were hitting British supermarket shelves at prices ...

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Oz Clarke and Leslie Sbrocco on NZ Pinot Noir…

February 3rd, 2010 | Read Full Post

nz pinot A quick link to two recent TV interviews in relation to the current NZ Pinot Noir 2010 conference in Wellington.   Leslie Sbrocco : http://www.3news.co.nz/International-wine-critics-converge-on-the-capital/tabid/369/articleID/139705/Default.aspx   Oz Clarke: http://www.3news.co.nz/NZ-wine-industry-praised-by-champion-taster/tabid/372/articleID/139648/Default.aspx

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New Zealand Pinot Noirs big week…

January 31st, 2010 | Read Full Post

 waiparapinot07 "The question is: are you the best, and I think you are. That's what you have done in the past three years, distanced yourselves from the competition in numbers of wines and overall average quality." PinotNoir2010 kicks off today in Wellington. Its NZs most important showcase for our number 1 red varietal, in fact our number 1 varietal full stop. The wine worlds media are here in force to tour and taste their ...

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Exposed…

January 26th, 2010 | Read Full Post

Removal leaves in the fruiting zone, usually at some point between fruit set and pea size, favourably alters the microclimate in the canopy. It increase light and heat on the bunches which can advance grape maturity and improve berry composition. This is a real advantage in cool climate wine growing regions. In addition the increased airflow around the fruit ...

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The Finishing Touches…

January 25th, 2010 | Read Full Post

Our 2007 Nelson Chardonnay, with a year of bottle maturation under its belt, seen here having the final touches applied. Sleeve rolled on, labelled, boxed and ready to go. Unoaked and dry in style, Ripe and fruit forward with added weight and texture derived from 6 months ageing on lees, 90% tank fermented, 10% barrel fermented in neutral oak. Plenty going on and a ...

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Quantity and Quality – Both?

January 25th, 2010 | Read Full Post

Sandihurst Winery Cool Climate! I had a long conversation with a friend of mine in South Africa about a presentation she attended on the South Africa wine industry. A variety of presentations on a variety of subjects. You can have a look at all the presentations here. It makes for some very interesting reading in general. Trust me however to be grabbed by the following statement about ...

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Wine Downunder…

January 24th, 2010 | Read Full Post

sean brennan Hers an article that recently appeared in The Southland Times featuring Sean Brennan and his plans to build a wine cave on his vineyard. The Brennan vineyard, in the Gibbston Valley, is where Sandihurst sources its Central Otago grapes from. Sean does an excellent job with the grapes and his own wines from the vineyard are superb. Check out his website for more.  

He might not

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At the end of the rainbow…

January 22nd, 2010 | Read Full Post

At the end of the rainbow This was taken last year over the Gewurztraminer vineyard. Unfortunately there is no sign of a rainbow yet this year. Very unseasonable weather and definitely not a pleasure. However, for many it is good so we won't complain. We'll just keep looking forward to seeing the rainbow...

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Gris-ly…

January 18th, 2010 | Read Full Post

jan10 003 Pinot Gris bunches. On each bunch you can (just) make out some brown 'caps' which have yet to fall off the berries. This may have been caused by weather conditions over flowering, which, in turn, can interfere with the level of fruit set on each bunch. Just a theory...

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Vineyard in mid-January…

January 18th, 2010 | Read Full Post

     jan10 004 Away for the best part of two weeks and the looking at the vineyard here at Sandihurst, it has really taken off. Trimming the vines and a spot of leaf plucking will be next on the agenda. Bunch exposure is important in a cool climate and more so in a season like this where the weather is stuttering along at best. Notice the grey summer sky in the photo, its will ...

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