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Mission Estate’s Mere Road vineyard features Merlot and Syrah, growing on Hawkes Bay's Gimblett Gravels.

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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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Organic and conventional well matched at veraison

By Steve Wheeler Viticulturist, Mission Estate The hot and relatively dry weather continued and brought on flowering very quickly. The 80% flowering sprays we applied were Switch in the conventional blocks and BotryZen in the organic blocks. Wire lifting and tucking has been completed across all blocks. High temperatures and periods of strong gusty winds […]

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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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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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A great harvest

By Caine Thompson Viticulturist, Mission Estate The autumn period was warm and settled which provided consistent conditions for a speedy veraison as we moved through to harvest. The quality of fruit was very high with intense flavours developing very early in March, which signaled that harvest could be slightly earlier than experienced in previous years. […]

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Busy summer time in Hawkes Bay

By Caine Thompson Viticulturist, Mission Estate The great weather continues in Hawkes Bay, with settled weather right through flowering and warm temperatures continuing through December and now into January. The vines are well balanced, carrying moderate crops, and are advancing nicely as the season progresses. There don’t seem to be any visual differences in canopy […]

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A dry spring in Hawkes Bay

By Caine Thompson Viticulturist, Mission Estate The dry spring has continued through November and has bought on flowering rather quickly. Flowering is 80% complete in the Merlot and is at about 30% in the Syrah. For flowering sprays we are applying Switch for botrytis in the conventional blocks and Botryzen for botrytis in the organic […]

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Spring sprays and cultivation continue

By Caine Thompson Viticulturist, Mission Estate We have experienced a relatively dry spring to date with little rainfall. Growth is therefore steady but is fairly patchy in terms of shoot growth along canes in both Merlot and Syrah blocks. To date we have applied sulphur and copper to the canopies of both organic and conventional […]

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