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Wither Hills’ Taylor River vineyard is situated in Marlborough’s Southern Valley, producing Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir on stony alluvial soils.

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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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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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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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Anticipating harvest; looking forward to cover crops

By Jacqueline Maclaurin Viticultural Technician, Wither Hills Well what a season… as we hold our breath waiting for the endless summer to end, we anticipate the harvest of twenty thirteen. The blocks are looking fantastic – with the end of February came the end of a busy few months – final leaf plucking, colour thinning […]

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Soil and nutrients

By Jacqueline Maclaurin Viticultural Technician, Wither Hills Sunshine greeted us the middle of November and the temperatures started rising in time for the first field day of the season, a field day focusing on soil. Tim Jenkins, a soil scientist and microbiologist with a wide-ranging background in sustainable agriculture, talked on the techniques used to monitor […]

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Cutting through compaction: more on the para plough (with video)

By Jacqueline Maclaurin Viticultural Technician, Wither Hills As the season warms up so too does the shoot, weed and grass growth. The buckwheat and Phacelia are showing signs of growth. This year we sowed at a rate of 35 kilograms per hectare of buckwheat and 3 kilograms per hectare of Phacelia. This season we are […]

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