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Changes in organic Sauvignon Blanc this year

By Ben Burridge Viticultural Technician, Wither Hills With the grapes now softening and changing colour, it is time to reflect on what has been occurring in the vineyard over the last month. The long dry summer last season combined with good conditions during flowering has encouraged what is likely to be an early and bountiful […]

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Budburst to flowering; organic Pinot perks up

By Ben Burridge Viticultural Technician, Wither Hills With such a warm spring in Marlborough thus far, canopies in all the focus vineyard blocks have been growing rapidly. Budburst and flowering are significantly earlier than last year (1-2 weeks), and the vineyard workers have been doing well to keep up with the job requirements of a […]

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Steady growth through flowering

By Steve Wheeler Viticulturist, Mission Estate Caine Thompson, previously Mission Estate viticulturist, has moved on to a new position at Pyramid Valley Vineyards. We thank Caine for his excellent contributions to this project over the years and welcome Steve Wheeler to the team for our final season. We have continued with a mild and relatively […]

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Nutrition through the season; more conversion plans

By Max Marriott Assistant Vineyard Manager, Vinewise Viticulture The latest field day at the School House vineyard saw a good, albeit lower-than-usual turnout of 30 people. Perhaps a sign of the season as much as anything (with everyone preoccupied in their vineyards) – the vines seem to be growing before our very eyes after a […]

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Foliar nutrition notes

In field days at all of our Organic Focus Vineyard sites this November, Andrew Naylor, National Viticulturist for Pernod Ricard Winemakers, gave a featured talk on his corporate perspective on foliar nutrition for vines. Organic Focus Vineyard project viticultural advisor Bart Arnst also discussed how he advises his organic clients on foliar nutrition. Their approaches […]

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Undervine & cover crop experiments, early spring

By Max Marriott Assistant Vineyard Manager, Vinewise Viticulture The quiet ebb of winter has allowed the project team at School House vineyard some time to reflect on the last two seasons of conversion and plan towards the forthcoming one. We’ve decided to implement a more intensive management strategy, both in terms of the timing of […]

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Project results in the news

We will soon be releasing our annual report, with full results from the focus vineyards’ 2012-13 growing season. In the meantime, here are a few recent news articles about the project, including the vineyard managers’ reflections on the results they’ve seen in the vineyard: From Hawkes Bay: “Organic study killing off many perceptions” From Marlborough: […]

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Getting life into the soil

By Ben Burridge Viticultural Technician, Wither Hills Jacqueline Maclaurin, who managed the Organic Focus Vineyard for the last two years at Wither Hills, has moved on to manage Wither Hills’ Rarangi Vineyard. Thanks to Jacqueline for all her hard work, and welcome to Ben, who will be steering the vineyard through the final season of […]

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Spring preparations in Hawkes Bay

By Caine Thompson Viticulturist, Mission Estate The winter period in Hawkes Bay was relatively mild, with adequate winter chilling. Spring is now well upon us with budburst almost upon the Merlot and Syrah on the focus vineyard. The springlike conditions began a little earlier than usual, with warm temperatures pushing bud swell before a few […]

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