Archive | June, 2014

Hawkes Bay Harvest 2014

By Steve Wheeler Viticulturist, Mission Estate We were blessed with ideal ripening conditions this year, resulting in excellent fruit maturity and quality in both the Merlot and Syrah blocks. Accumulated GDD (ca. 1497) was higher than 2013. This was due to an excellent hot spring, combined with average late season temperatures and a high April […]

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Vintage 2014 at Wither Hills

By Ben Burridge Viticultural Technician, Wither Hills 2014 has been a great vintage to finish the Organic Focus Vineyard project in Marlborough. A warm season with well-timed rain events helped to develop the lush canopies and ripen the bountiful crops. These warm and humid conditions meant however that powdery mildew was witnessed on an unprecedented […]

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