Bud burst in Waipara…

October 4th, 2010 | Read Full Post

budburst2010 008 In fact some of these shoots are a stage or so beyond budburst. Seems marginally later than last year by a few days. Now all we have to do is nurse this, and thousands of other shoots like it, through until around mid April next year. Easy, right?

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New season imminent…

September 23rd, 2010 | Read Full Post

wooly bud in waipara The new growing season is practically underway with most buds now in the 'woolly' phase. It has been a wet winter and spring to date with cooler temperatures but at last it seems the soil has warmed sufficiently and the sun is out so it all on from here. In a week or so we will see the first of the visible green tips and then ...

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Rescue, aided by wine…

September 17th, 2010 | Read Full Post

chopper 001 Just driving past the airport when I noticed the Westpac Rescue Helicopter was about to spring into action. So I took a quick snap before it became airborne. I wonder if whoever it was that was being winched or stretchered onboard was able to just glance at the rectangular black marking on the door beforehand and noticed 'Sandihurst Winery'. Glad to have helped. We could have a customer for life there. And if you are ...

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Christchurch earthquake – the Sandihurst view…

September 6th, 2010 | Read Full Post

earthquake040910 082 Just to advise readers, especially those overseas, that the Sandihurst has been right in the thick of the recent Christchurch earthquake. The location of the winery is only 10-15km from the epicentre. There has been quite a bit of visible damage to tanks and bottled wine etc but like the rest of Christchurch the damage may only be the tip of the iceberg and we are still yet to conduct a full assessment of the damage. ...

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Stopping to smell the roses, er daffodils…

September 3rd, 2010 | Read Full Post

daffodils I was going to title this post Drive-by Shooting in Christchurch but thought better of it. Its easy to get lulled into a false sense of spring at this time of year. One minute its sunny, the next its cold and wet. I took this photo of these Daffodils yesterday out of my car window as I was driving back from delivering some wine to Sezn restaurant (surely one of the citys best). ...

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Riesling on the brain…

September 2nd, 2010 | Read Full Post

riesling experimental tanksJust a shot of our 2500L tanks which we use for small batch fermentation and for experimental lots here at Sandihurst. Our 2007 trophy winning Riesling was a blend of 7 of these tanks, all dealt with in a slightly different way to add some complexity and interest to the final blend.  This photo is in fact a shot of me cleaning the tanks. Not a job for the mind ...

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Spring has sprung…

August 31st, 2010 | Read Full Post

spring flowers Now that Spring appears to be in the air, a reminder that theres nothing an aromatic white wine at this time of year. Take a look at our online cellar door and discover our wonderful Rieslings, Gewurztaminer and Pinot Gris wines.    Not only that we also have an amazing deal through our actual Cellar Door on our 2006 Waipara Chardonnay. A brilliant wine, very popular in the tasting room but also practically ...

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2010 Bragato Conference

August 26th, 2010 | Read Full Post

pruners                     The 2010 Bragato Conference got underway today in Blenheim. Its New Zealands annual grapegrowers forum where the programme is based firmly around all things viticultural (although there are vineyard based wine awards too). This years conference should have quite and extra bite to it as the industry is experiencing one of its worst economic periods ever, especially for growers of Sauvignon Blanc. There is quite a bit of Twitter activity already and you should be ...

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Hardly a cloud in the sky…

August 23rd, 2010 | Read Full Post

hardly a cloud in the sky  A beautiful blue sky day in Canterbury today. Warm, with hardly a cloud to be seen. The soil temperature is on the rise, grass and weeds are growing again and its lighter at both ends of the day. It can only mean one thing, Spring is on the way and with it, budburst. Usually around mid September for our Waipara vineyards ...

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Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage…

August 20th, 2010 | Read Full Post

You cant breathe in New Zealand without some reference to Rugby or next years Rugby World Cup (or the fact that we havent won it for over 20 years). Now Air New Zealand have got in on the act with their new safety briefing. This will be shown on all planes but here it is. Bound to be popular...

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