A Kiwi classic lives on…

July 20th, 2010 | Read Full Post

Honesty Box I don't know what this really says about New Zealand as a country or the people who live here but this is a classic scene you certainly wouldnt find in too many other countries around the world. Its a booth selling free-range eggs at the farm gate on the roadside of the main road through the Waitaki Valley. The booth is unmanned but has an honesty box for you to place ...

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The ‘other’ Black Forest…

July 18th, 2010 | Read Full Post

Lake Benmore Just back from a weeks holiday in an amazing place. After 50, mostly unsealed, kilometers off the Farlie-Tekapo road you come to Black Forest on the shores of Lake Benmore. Isolated and unspoilt, the sole farm here has built a couple of top class holiday houses, or bachs as we like to call them here in NZ (although the luxury of these places is stretching the definition of the word 'bach') . ...

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Winter Warming Recipes

July 12th, 2010 | Read Full Post

Warming Log Fire With another frosty start to our day here in Canterbury it makes my mind turn to warming comfort food to keep the chill at bay. Celebrity chef Ray McVinnie recently published a few winter warming recipes in the Sunday Star Times and well known wine writer John Saker chose our 2007 Waipara Pinot Noir as the perfect match. Sounds like a great idea and I will be ...

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Spooky – Predicting the future…

July 7th, 2010 | Read Full Post

The FIFA World Cup may have unearthed Paul the Octopus as the one of the great psychics of all time, surpassing even the legendary Punxsutawney Phil in his ability to get it right,  but here at Sandihurst we have our own legend in the making - Woody the Winefly. Not only can he correctly predict if I have just ...

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Absolute essential viewing for wine lovers!

July 7th, 2010 | Read Full Post

Don't you just love the French? Nothing can stop them enjoying their favourite drink! Sandihurst wine lesson #1: Always have corkscrew. Lesson #2: Watch this video...

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Pinot & Potjie Report

July 5th, 2010 | Read Full Post

A few pictures and a belated report back. Potjies on the fire Pinot & Potjies at Sandihurst 2010 The day started real early and building a fire in the rain is quite depressing... However, the rain cleared up, the fire burnt nicely, the pots went onto the fire on schedule (sort of) and the people ...

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Wine Pricing

July 2nd, 2010 | Read Full Post

Cost of wine Great article and debate on the pricing of wine if you click here. Raises quite a few questions and the answers aren't always that easy or clear. Ultimately, enjoying wine is a very personal, subjective and emotive issue. How to calculate the value of "I like this" versus "I like this a lot"? Unfortunately, too often it may be a case of "they like this ...

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Lunar landscape…

June 27th, 2010 | Read Full Post

Riesling lees as seen from the Moon Its Riesling but not as we know it. This year I have been experimenting in the winery, trying a different approach to my winemaking with a small batch of  Riesling. Picked with relatively normal parameters I have opted not to whole bunch press the fruit as would normally be the case but instead have held the fruit ...

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Pinot & Potjies Charity Event

June 23rd, 2010 | Read Full Post

Pinot & Potjies at Sandihurst 2010Just a quick reminder about our annual Rescue Helicopter fund raiser event this coming Sunday. Buy on-line from our website (click here) or call us. We won't have door sales on the day and booking your space is essential. Get a few friends together and come and support the Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust (Westpac Rescue Helicopter). All proceeds ...

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Plug that leek…

June 23rd, 2010 | Read Full Post

new barrel with leak Im busy preparing some new oak for our 2010 Pinot Noir to mature in this year. Firstly a little hot water inside, bunged up and rolled around should reveal any obvious leaks - if I can see or hear steam escaping then thats trouble. After that I usually fill the barrels up with cold water and rest it overnight which helps to swell the wood and ...

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