Archive | September, 2012

Season one reflections: crop differences & adjustments in Marlborough

By Jacqueline Maclaurin Viticultural Technician, Wither Hills   The start of a new season is upon us; buds are starting to burst and slowly the temperatures are starting to rise, although frosts bring us back to the reality of what nature can deal. Rebecca, the project manager, has put some questions to us to answer […]

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First season reflections: undervine life and disease pressure in Central Otago

By Max Marriott Assistant Vineyard Manager, Vinewise Viticulture We were blessed with an Indian Summer for our autumn harvest, with idyllic weather for the duration. Early botrytis pressure from the rains in February/March had largely disappeared, though it was evident during harvest that the Pinot Gris suffered more than the Pinot Noir. Interestingly, the conventional […]

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Organic and conventional net similar results in Hawkes Bay, year one

By Caine Thompson Viticulturist, Mission Estate With the completion of year one of the organics project at our Mere Road vineyard, we turn to the onset of year two of the program after learning a lot about different growing systems over the past twelve months. A challenging season in Hawkes Bay put significant pressure on […]

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