A glass in the grass…

June 21st, 2010 | Read Full Post

glass in the grass Winter in Christchurch. Cold frosty mornings and grey rainy days not pictured.

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All over the world

June 17th, 2010 | Read Full Post

First turn on your sound. Talking about export and strategy and target markets, our son Sean commented: "You should go where Matt goes". So who the heck is Matt? He doesn't tell us, he shows us. And it is not "Who the heck is Matt"? It is "Where the hell is Matt?" Brilliant! Hope you enjoy too!

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I was working in the lab, late one night..

June 14th, 2010 | Read Full Post

Checking the Free SO2 level of the 2009 Sandihurst Central Otago Pinot Noir Bottling tomorrow and Im just doing a last final check to make sure the Free SO2 levels are exactly where I want them to be. SO2 as Im sure you are all aware is an age old protectant against bacteria and oxidation. That purple liquid in the ...

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Outstanding…

June 9th, 2010 | Read Full Post

Not exactly wine related. Just a great ad.

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The False Friend…

June 4th, 2010 | Read Full Post

Pinot Gris or, "The False Friend", as Olivier Humbrecht labelled it when he came to New Zealand to speak at the Aromatics symposium a couple of years ago. Certainly the white grape-du-jour of New Zealand in the past few years with a huge increase in plantings and subsequent new wines on the market. However we seem to be heading down ...

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But is it Art?…

June 2nd, 2010 | Read Full Post

inside a wine tank at sandihurst winery Or have I just discovered a new planet? Or could it be a disco ball?  What is it? Despite its 3D effect it is in fact a picture I took today as I was racking some white wine from one tank to another. Close to the bottom of the tank and with only my torchlight to guide me this spherical new world ...

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Blog also now on Facebook! Eureka!

June 1st, 2010 | Read Full Post

Facebook Logo Eureka! I Hope! Looks like the blog may now be linking through to our new facebook page. That gives you two places to find up to date news on Sandihurst. Fingers crossed that it continues as smoothly as drinking an award winning Sandihurst Pinot Noir!

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Pressing Matters…

May 27th, 2010 | Read Full Post

Pressing Pinot Noir at Sandihurst Winery From this picture you can see in a nutshell the process I go through when pressing the Pinot Noir skins here at Sandihurst Winery. The fermenter holds around 1.5 tonnes of grapes. Once fermentation is finished the skins gradually start to sink to the bottom of the vat. With regular tasting I make the call on when the wine ...

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New Facebook Page for Sandihurst

May 27th, 2010 | Read Full Post

Facebook Logo The new Facebook page for Sandihurst is being built - hopefully with a fully functioning link from our blog through to our page. This is a test post to see if the application does what it is supposed to do. It's a digital jungle out there!

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Corporate Wine Gift ideas…

May 26th, 2010 | Read Full Post

corporate wine gift What's new in the world of Wine Gift ideas? Not only can you buy wine from our Sandihurst online shop, now you too can have this season's must have gift - your very own pair of Wine Socks. Modelled on our winemakers own feet, they come in two styles - 'CENTRAL OTAGO PINOT NOIR' (as seen above) or 'WAIPARA RIESLING'. Wine Socks extend all the way to the ...

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