Living with Integrity

June 27, 2016
When we moved to Martinborough in 2007 we really wanted to get 'stuck in' and start planting our vineyard. From purchasing our property funds were limited so I had this crazy idea that we could get married on our property (glamour and gumboots theme), and our guests could co...
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Merlot/Franc 2014

May 3, 2016
In the corner of the cellar There is a dark and brooding beast Who is dreaming while it slumbers Of primal cuts of meat His heavy breath is laden with the scent of dark ripe berries, Tea leaf, spice, and sweetness of juicy plums and cherries His teeth are fine and...
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Terroir

July 29, 2015
Why do we borrow a word from the French and use it in the context what we do in wine? Well, there simply isn't a word we know in English that encapsulates the complex summation of factors that go into making wine and at the same time expresses the uniqueness between one plac...
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The Environment

July 9, 2015
Oh yes....the environment. Reference to the recent criticism of the global business institution and its failure to consider the future of the planet made by King to be Charles the Prince of Wales, may seem out of place in a wine focused website. But let's hold on a minute....
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The Aged

July 9, 2015
July 11 2014 I have recently been reminded of the values of committing wines to extended periods of cellaring and that it can yield some really thrilling experiences. Tasting a range of wines from France (Rhone, Burgundy & Bordeaux), Australia & New Zealand out o...
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Winemaking

July 9, 2015
August 04 2014 For over 3000 years and probably more that wine has been deliberately made, it has been a slow evolutionary process to make the substance better and better for the drinker. Wine isn't a natural product. It is made. And winemaking is ideally an artful series o...
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Down to the Wire

July 9, 2015
August 18 2014 Brace North west in the face Ninety k's for three full days turnabout now from the South Winters gnash joins the bash a thousand children still call for grooming Snick and snack all with bent back future's in mind as c...
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Spring Frost

July 9, 2015
November 13 2014 South Abates Lays and waits Still night Won't sleep tight Morning white Beautiful morning Cold white morning Cold white mourning Windmills roaring Copters soaring Count the cost Hard spring frost Not all lost... Fingers crossed ...
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Back to the Future

July 9, 2015
14 November 2014 It all started at the 2005 Chardonnay Challenge in Gisborne. At the time Simon was winemaker at Montana Wines in Gisborne and I was looking to go overseas. A friend had invited me to the long lunch which concludes the Chardonnay Challenge. Simon had been a ...
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1 May 2015 Wine is a subset of life, a very nice subset, but a subset nonetheless. It is a lovely thing to draw from the experience from the greater set and appreciate the parallels and analogies one can draw to your professional life, the subset. My alter ego is that ...
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