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  • 2015 Vintage Report: small but perfectly formed | Nga Waka Wines
    1148 1140 1105 988 1259 1338 1332 1396 1328 1395 There s always a danger with catch phrases like small but perfectly formed that somewhere in the past I ve used it to describe a similar vintage If I have mea culpa The small part of the equation was established during the first half of the growing season with very cool and windy conditions prevailing right through until close to Christmas If you compare seasonal Growing Degree Days the heat units for October December 2014 track very closely to the 2011 12 season which produced our last under sized harvest Happily the second half of the growing season was almost the opposite of the first half with some of the warmest and certainly driest months in recent history Again using the comparison with the 2011 12 season for the first half of the 2014 15 season heat units were behind 2011 12 but by the end of the season had reached 1148 compared to 988 for 2011 12 The smaller crop was further depleted by a couple of extreme wind events in January which hammered the vines and broke several posts Irrigation was essential to maintain the vines ability to ripen the grapes and to help them recover from the wind damage The latter part of the season was very benign and with the second half warmth we commenced harvesting at our normal time around the beginning of April With the dry Summer disease pressure was minimal and despite some rain falling over harvest the small crop of grapes came into the winery in perfect condition Juice parameters brix pH TA were straight out of the text book and more importantly the juice flavours were both expressive and concentrated perfectly formed There will only be small volumes of wine from vintage 2015 but when released they will be well worth seeking out Just a reminder re the Growing Degrees Days table above Prior to 2013 I used the nearest dedicated weather station to provide the data for our Growing Degrees Days summary It turns out that due to its proximity to other structures this weather station was likely to be over stating temperature The Growing Degree Days figures since 2013 are sourced from another local weather station that is set up in accordance with the rules that Metservice specify for siting weather stations I haven t re calculated the earlier seasons but it is likely that excepting the cold 2012 vintage they will be ranged around the 2013 figure Here are the average harvest parameters for each variety Variety Brix pH Acidity g l Yield t ha Chardonnay 22 5 3 4 6 5 6 8 Pinot Noir 24 5 3 5 7 4 Riesling 21 3 2 7 2 3 4 S Blanc 22 6 3 3 5 3 8 5 Roger Parkinson August 2015 Share Tweet Related Posts Glengarry Summer of Riesling tasting February 2015 February 17 2015 Comments Off Here s what had Raymond Chan has to

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  • Glengarry Summer of Riesling tasting February 2015 | Nga Waka Wines
    2015 RRP 21 99 For Raymond s full report on the tasting go to Raymond s blog Cheers Roger Parkinson Share Tweet Related Posts 2015 Vintage Report small but perfectly formed August 25 2015 Comments Off Growing season Oct Apr data Rainfall mm table Season 14 15 13 14 12 13 11 12 10 11 09 10 08 09 07 08 06 07 05 06 October 35 105 69 110 40 63 70 88 126 67 November 55 67 33 87 29 53 11 28 61 18 December 29 36 82 113 25 49 91 74 60 41 January 3 48 43 76 76 114 7 16 31 24 February 36 23 69 36 11 17 121 29 10 37 March 41 71 95 111 85 45 35 39 44 67 April 84 172 35 70 103 7 37 98 43 61 Totals 283 522 426 603 369 348 372 372 375 315 table Growing Degree Days heat units table Season 14 15 13 14 12 13 11 12 10 11 09 10 08 09 07 08 06 07 05 06 October 75 100 75 85 63 86 102 112 113 113 November 117 152 88 120 166 146 186 176 181 156 December 190 225 232 189 268 220 247 241 169 280 January 255 191 230 210 262 266 290 324 274 290 February 187 204 186 165 254 264 244 255 223 234 March 199 145 175 140 180 215 163 233 260 171 April 125 123 119 79 67 141 100 127 108 151 Totals 1148 1140 1105 988 1259 1338 1332 1396 1328 1395 table There s always a danger with catch phrases like small but perfectly formed 2012 Riesling Tasting Alsace and Mosel November 24 2014 Comments Off Last week our bottle supplier OI

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  • 2012 Riesling Tasting: Alsace and Mosel | Nga Waka Wines
    the fruit and honeyed notes to complement the primary citrus flavours a real food wine German Riesling is generally sweeter and lower in alcohol than Alsace with higher acids to balance the sweetness The wines are not normally regarded as food wines but rather as aperitifs Sugars were not available but the alcohols ranged from 7 5 9 The wines showed greater consistency than the Alsace flight but although sugar is capable of masking minor flaws some greenness was present in many of the wines more evidence of the challenging growing conditions Of the wines we tasted the two which stood out to me for ripeness and balance were the Bischofliche Piesporter and the Kees Kieren Graacher both beautiful pure expressions of Riesling A discussion followed the tasting on which style New Zealand might be most suited to The general consensus was in favour of the Mosel style but my own view is that Riesling in New Zealand is capable of delivering compelling wines of all styles and that trying to identify a preferred direction is counter productive In the end it is a question of consumer preference and intended use food being better served by drier more structured styles and the lower alcohol sweeter styles working best as an aperitif on their own Thanks to OI and Bob Campbell MW for an interesting and enjoyable tasting plus a special mention to Marg Coney and her restaurant crew at Coney Wines for the delicious food that accompanied the post tasting dinner Roger Parkinson November 2014 Share Tweet Related Posts 2015 Vintage Report small but perfectly formed August 25 2015 Comments Off Growing season Oct Apr data Rainfall mm table Season 14 15 13 14 12 13 11 12 10 11 09 10 08 09 07 08 06 07 05 06 October 35 105 69 110 40 63 70 88 126 67 November 55 67 33 87 29 53 11 28 61 18 December 29 36 82 113 25 49 91 74 60 41 January 3 48 43 76 76 114 7 16 31 24 February 36 23 69 36 11 17 121 29 10 37 March 41 71 95 111 85 45 35 39 44 67 April 84 172 35 70 103 7 37 98 43 61 Totals 283 522 426 603 369 348 372 372 375 315 table Growing Degree Days heat units table Season 14 15 13 14 12 13 11 12 10 11 09 10 08 09 07 08 06 07 05 06 October 75 100 75 85 63 86 102 112 113 113 November 117 152 88 120 166 146 186 176 181 156 December 190 225 232 189 268 220 247 241 169 280 January 255 191 230 210 262 266 290 324 274 290 February 187 204 186 165 254 264 244 255 223 234 March 199 145 175 140 180 215 163 233 260 171 April 125 123 119 79 67 141 100 127 108 151 Totals 1148 1140 1105 988 1259 1338

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  • 2013 Lease Block Pinot Noir | Nga Waka Wines
    Lease Block Pinot Noir The first release of Lease Block Pinot Noir is the outstanding 2013 vintage see 2013 Vintage Report The wine showcases all the berry spice and savoury flavours for which Martinborough Pinot Noir is renowned but the extra depth texture and complexity the wine delivers are a reflection of a special site and mature vines I expect this wine to improve under sound cellaring conditions for at least 5 7 years and to provide pleasurable drinking for many years thereafter More details on the wine can be found at 2013 Lease Block Pinot Noir Cheers Roger Parkinson Share Tweet Related Posts 2015 Vintage Report small but perfectly formed August 25 2015 Comments Off Growing season Oct Apr data Rainfall mm table Season 14 15 13 14 12 13 11 12 10 11 09 10 08 09 07 08 06 07 05 06 October 35 105 69 110 40 63 70 88 126 67 November 55 67 33 87 29 53 11 28 61 18 December 29 36 82 113 25 49 91 74 60 41 January 3 48 43 76 76 114 7 16 31 24 February 36 23 69 36 11 17 121 29 10 37 March 41 71 95 111 85 45 35 39 44 67 April 84 172 35 70 103 7 37 98 43 61 Totals 283 522 426 603 369 348 372 372 375 315 table Growing Degree Days heat units table Season 14 15 13 14 12 13 11 12 10 11 09 10 08 09 07 08 06 07 05 06 October 75 100 75 85 63 86 102 112 113 113 November 117 152 88 120 166 146 186 176 181 156 December 190 225 232 189 268 220 247 241 169 280 January 255 191 230 210 262

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  • 2014 Vintage Report: Perfect (by the skin of our teeth) | Nga Waka Wines
    disease pressure leading in to harvest Flowering and set were exceptional and when our crop estimates showed some startlingly high potential crops we bit the bullet and thinned heavily up to 30 to ensure the vines would be able to ripen the crop and to protect fruit quality Temperatures were slightly ahead of the very good 2013 season so we had every reason to be optimistic about vintage 2014 That optimism was not misplaced as we harvested grapes in perfect condition and in perfect weather It is unusual to have two outstanding vintages in a row and in my time here I can only recall 2000 and 2001 as comparable As with those earlier vintages the latter of the pair in this case 2014 looks slightly the better at this stage but it s a quibble as both are excellent Rain started falling heavily on the 8th of April and persisted for the next two weeks so we were grateful to have everything one exception under a roof by then The only casualty was a few rows of Riesling we left out in the hope of producing a late harvest wine Sadly the rain overwhelmed that plan and with ignoble rots substantially outnumbering noble rot botrytis the birds were given a late present Just a reminder re the Growing Degrees Days table above Prior to 2013 I used the nearest dedicated weather station to provide the data for our Growing Degrees Days summary It turns out that due to its proximity to other structures this weather station was likely to be over stating temperature The Growing Degree Days figures since 2013 are sourced from another local weather station that is set up in accordance with the rules that Metservice specify for siting weather stations I haven t re calculated the earlier seasons but it is likely that excepting the cold 2012 vintage they will be ranged around the 2013 figure Here are the average harvest parameters for each variety Variety Brix pH Acidity g l Yield t ha Chardonnay 23 5 3 35 7 5 9 7 Pinot Noir 24 5 3 5 8 6 4 Riesling 20 3 2 6 3 7 7 S Blanc 23 6 3 1 8 1 12 3 Roger Parkinson May 2014 Share Tweet Related Posts 2015 Vintage Report small but perfectly formed August 25 2015 Comments Off Growing season Oct Apr data Rainfall mm table Season 14 15 13 14 12 13 11 12 10 11 09 10 08 09 07 08 06 07 05 06 October 35 105 69 110 40 63 70 88 126 67 November 55 67 33 87 29 53 11 28 61 18 December 29 36 82 113 25 49 91 74 60 41 January 3 48 43 76 76 114 7 16 31 24 February 36 23 69 36 11 17 121 29 10 37 March 41 71 95 111 85 45 35 39 44 67 April 84 172 35 70 103 7 37 98 43 61

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  • Nga Waka Martinborough Pinot Noir 2011: Buy our wines online | Nga Waka Wines
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  • Nga Waka Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012: Buy wine online | Nga Waka Wines
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  • Nga Waka Martinborough Chardonnay 2012: Buy our wines online | Nga Waka Wines
    12 Keep Adding to Cart for multiple caselots Tweet Updating cart Recent Blog items 2015 Vintage Report small but perfectly formed Glengarry Summer of Riesling tasting February 2015 2012 Riesling Tasting Alsace and Mosel 2013 Lease Block Pinot Noir 2014 Vintage Report Perfect by the skin of our teeth RECENT NGA WAKA TWEETS Twitter feed loading Shopping Cart Your shopping cart is empty Follow us Follow on Facebook Follow on

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