To Be (open) or Not to Be (open)

December 23rd, 2009 | Read Full Post

  Open or Closed Our Cellar Door will be open for business as usual EXCEPT for 25 December to 28 December 2009 when we will be working actively on the list of things for which we will have to make new year's resolutions - like start exercising again...  We will close again 1 January 2010 to 4 January 2010 to make sure the list we compiled during Christmas will be valid ...

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Jancis Robinson…Riesling…

December 22nd, 2009 | Read Full Post

A quick reminder, if you needed any, about the magic of Riesling. The introduction to Jancis Robinsons Wine Course episode on Riesling. JR refers (rightly) to Riesling as making 'the greatest white wines in the world' and labels Chardonnay as 'boring'. She talks to a youthful looking Ernst Loosen and also points the finger at the

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A Christmas message from NZ Winegrowers…

December 22nd, 2009 | Read Full Post

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Its bad timing to say the least, this close to Christmas. NZ Winegrowers have, just last week, had a 'State of the Industry' meeting in Marlborough. For those unable to attend they have posted a video of the event on the internet here. (nb-now changed to NZW members only viewing - sorry)

Essentially grim viewing. Yes sales are up but most of the increases are due to bulk

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“I know what I like”

December 22nd, 2009 | Read Full Post

Picnik collage It has been said many times, quoted frequently and even a book written about it. "I don't know all that much about wine" or "I don't know much about wine but I know what I like". Isn't that what it is all about - "I know what I like"? We see it every day in the tasting room - the light that goes on when somebody tastes something they ...

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Everyone loves Riesling…

December 21st, 2009 | Read Full Post

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Revival

December 21st, 2009 | Read Full Post

WineNZ magazine published a feature article titled "Sandihurst's Revival" in their Spring/Summer 2009 edition (Low res copy here). Listening to what is being said about the industry in general, I think it could just as easily have been titled "Sandihurst's Survival"! It is tough out there in the market place but despite the general negativity, I can't help but be positive about the future. People are not going to stop consuming good wine. The challenge lies in finding the ...

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I’m dreaming of a wine Christmas!

December 20th, 2009 | Read Full Post

Reindeer Sweater Wine Bottle CoverReindeer Sweater Wine Bottle Cover Four days to go before Christmas and as per my usual style the Christmas gifts are left to the last minute. With the traffic through the cellar door being pretty hectic it doesn't allow much time to trot into town and browse. But of course if all else fails there are the websites that can offer all you could ever think ...

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Add blogging to the list…

December 20th, 2009 | Read Full Post

To doWhy start something when you know it is going to add to the list of things that you don’t get to do because you’ve added too many things to the ‘to do’ list already? I don’t know the answer but we’ve done it again so now we’ll just have to see it through. Welcome to our new website cum blog. Between the three of us, we’ll try and keep you ...

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A quick tour of Central Otago vineyards…

December 17th, 2009 | Read Full Post

centraldec09 010 Pinot Noir in the Brennan vineyard, Gibbston Valley, flowering just underway, a slightly cooler start to the season than normal but remarkably no frosts in November. centraldec09 043 The iconic Cardrona pub on the Crown Range road from Queenstown to Wanaka centraldec09 035 Looking back across to the Pisa vineyards ...

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Roll Out the Barrel!

August 3rd, 2008 | Read Full Post

Every year at Sandihurst we order a number of new French oak barrels from a variety of cooperages for our Pinot Noir. The amount is usually around 25-35% new oak in each wine (about 40 barrels), depending on the blend. Barrels from any one cooper differ in the forest the wood comes from (all forests are on a strict 160 year rotation), their control over the wood selection process, the grain of the wood, the method of drying the oak, ...

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