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Living with Integrity

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 contribute vines and have a part in planting them too. Move on to 2015 and we are planting again....

June 27, 2016

Merlot/Franc 2014

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 many His tail is long and curled Tannins, middle, finish Prepare to be unfurled How to tame a monster? We will trap it in a bottle! Lead it through the tiny neck And fix it with a stopper Hold it there for p...

May 3, 2016

Terroir

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 place and another. Why does a wine from one vineyard differ from that next to it, why do wines from here exhibit a greater depth to that wine from just over there. Terroir, defines the character and difference that makes wine a...

July 29, 2015

The Environment

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. I think I may have referenced the idea in the past that wine is a subset of life, without question a great one. But, when it comes down to the environment the very future of this precious subset has to be considered and give...

July 9, 2015

The Aged

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 of the 1976 vintage with Geoff Kelly and a handful of other wine buffs I was stunned by not only how well most of these wines presented but even more so as to the wines that stood out. My pick of the night, still impressive ...

July 9, 2015

Winemaking

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 of interventions. That is why it is called winemaking. The use of technology, fining & filtration when executed judiciously to improve the interaction the drinker has with the liquid are totally in accordance with our phil...

July 9, 2015

Down to the Wire

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 canes cut and bind to the wire Down to the wire ...

July 9, 2015

Spring Frost

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 ...

July 9, 2015

Back to the Future

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 affiliate judge at this event. I was going for the wine! A mutual friend introduced us and from that moment I was intrigued. Who was this tall, handsome, well spoken man? We had lunch and I couldn't get him out of my mind. ...

July 9, 2015

In the Company of Children

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 of a father of three young children. All girls as it happens. This is a very big part of my life and will be for the rest of my life. As we worked through harvest I started to reflect on the parent in me coming through in t...

July 6, 2015

Cabernet oh Cabernet

Cabernet oh Cabernet You dark and thick skinned character The tight knit bunch Your not much company over lunch unless its akin to dinner But at dinner time with time on hand you are the clear cut winner cork is broached like the tie coming off you breath deep and feel yourself alive yourself again, you open up and become the affable interesting friend Full of story that with each glass becomes richer ...

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