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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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Happy harvest; and handling vigour in organic conversion

By Max Marriott Assistant Vineyard Manager, Vinewise Viticulture The growing season leading up to harvest in Central Otago – like much of the country – was dry. Spectacular, but dry. Our irrigation stations at the School House vineyard were on 24/7 for several weeks during and after veraison, in a bid to keep up with […]

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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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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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Equipment, irrigation regimes, buckwheat & vigour comparisons

By Max Marriott Assistant Vineyard Manager The field day at School House vineyard on Tuesday the 12th of February provided an opportunity for growers from around the region to see various forms of machinery in action that are typically used on organic vineyards. Under-vine cultivators, inter-vine mowers, silerators, compost spreaders and other bits and pieces […]

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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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Flowering and vigour differences

By Max Marriott Assistant Vineyard Manager, Gibbston Valley Wines The second half of December has seen warmer, more settled weather finally arrive, with a string of days boasting maximums above 25oC. Flowering at our School House vineyard began in mid December, about ten days later than the previous year. The flowering has also seemed somewhat […]

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