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  • Part 2 – 22/3/13 – not so fast sunshine! | Nga Waka Wines
    vines up in a way that irrigation can t and the grapes are in excellent order The forecast looks very settled with fine days and milder temperatures which will be just the ticket for getting us through to harvest More next week Roger Parkinson Share Tweet Related Posts Part 3 Where did that fortnight go April 12 2013 Comments Off Well my best intentions to keep this diary regular flew out the window once we started picking In my defence Part 1 20 3 13 a week out from picking March 19 2013 Comments Off First round of grape testing last week had sugars in the following range table Variety Pinot Noir Chardonnay Sauvignon Blanc Riesling Brix 20 21 19 20 16 18 17 table Based on those numbers we were Comments are closed Search for Recent Posts 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 Categories Rants Ripostes Ruminations Tastings Uncategorized Vintage 2013 Diary Vintage Reports Wine Archives August 2015 February 2015 November 2014 September 2014 May 2014 March 2014 July 2013

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  • Part 1 – 20/3/13 – a week out from picking? | Nga Waka Wines
    is looking in pristine condition and the rain which was from the south and therefore cold shouldn t give us any problems I ll do some more testing later this week and report back Roger Parkinson Share Tweet Related Posts Part 3 Where did that fortnight go April 12 2013 Comments Off Well my best intentions to keep this diary regular flew out the window once we started picking In my defence Part 2 22 3 13 not so fast sunshine March 22 2013 Comments Off I might have been a bit optimistic about harvest starting next week Today s testing results as follows table Variety Pinot Noir Chardonnay Brix 21 22 20 21 table It looks as Comments are closed Search for Recent Posts 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 Categories Rants Ripostes Ruminations Tastings Uncategorized Vintage 2013 Diary Vintage Reports Wine Archives August 2015 February 2015 November 2014 September 2014 May 2014 March 2014 July 2013 June 2013 April 2013 March 2013 August 2012 June 2012 March 2012 June

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  • It ain’t rocket science; age-worthy Sauvignon Blanc | Nga Waka Wines
    have put New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc on the world wine map There are a number of wineries ours among them who have been producing age worthy Sauvignon Blanc for years While I suspect we would all enjoy a guilty pleasure at the thought of receiving 80 100 a bottle for those wines I m sure we would also share a chuckle at the thought that this was some sort of breakthrough or novelty The real challenge is to gain a wider appreciation of the charms of quality aged Sauvignon Blanc If Pernod s project helps achieve that great but 80 100 needs to be earned not just claimed 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

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  • Vine Age – the interview | Nga Waka Wines
    with the Chardonnay the shift not with the aromatics so much Yet anyway and those vines are now 22 23 years so as I say with Pinot yet to see really That s about what the expectation would be A So if you where speculating what do you the possible reasons for the effect of vine age would be R Well I have certainly noticed less vigour at the same time whether that s related pass I m not convinced that it s to do with deeper or broader root migration I m more of the view that it s in some way or other the plant itself is at a different equilibrium to me that suggests a better balance in terms of the different sinks in the vine So as with young vines I do tend to think that you get a lot more resources going to vegetative growth and sugar development if you like I think with age there is an evening out of that The textural elements again hard to know why other than in some way there is more phenolic development than in the earlier years but its hard to see any thing physically on the vine or in the timing Phenology is unchanged we are not seeing any difference in picking dates budburst flowering any of those stages that you might look to see So as I say I think there is fundamentally something going on in the vine to do with its own internal balances A Anything else regarding vine age that we haven t really covered R Not really A Do you have any virus R Certainly but not with Pinot which is younger stuff but certainly in the original planting on their own roots we see leaf roll 1 virus We have Mendoza Chardonnay and virus is known to be part of the story with it Whether we have leaf roll virus 3 in the old plantings it s a possibility but we are not seeing any delayed ripening or any of those things End of Interview 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

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  • Polishing up the crystal ball for vintage 2012 | Nga Waka Wines
    including deacidification and chaptalisation sweetening and the wines while flavoursome were certainly at the austere end of the spectrum 1994 was the better year not outstanding but a good solid year with well balanced generous wines and with much less winery intervention required Hopefully the next 4 6 weeks will see enough sunshine to push us more towards comparisons with the 1994 vintage touch wood Roger Parkinson Nga Waka Martinborough 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

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  • Are small winegrowers going the way of the dinosaurs? | Nga Waka Wines
    cases keeping it in the family or selling to another winery are not realistic options On the one hand a winery of that size is unlikely sustain an income for a new generation and at the same time fund the retirement of the founders nor on the other hand is it likely to have enough financial attraction or scale to appeal to or to practically incorporate in to another winery s business In the absence of a foreign investor cargo cult that leaves the option of selling to a younger adequately resourced skilled and motivated buyer and the savage destruction of wealth wrought by the global financial crisis has dramatically drained that pool So unless small winery profitability improves I fear that owners when they wish to exit are going to find themselves in the same predicament as the growers described above either unable to find a buyer or unable to retire Another aggravating factor is that the founders of many of our pioneering small wineries are from the large baby boomer generation and will be looking to exit at the same time in the not too distant future thus putting more pressure on finding a pool of potential buyers The likelihood in my view is that many small wineries will simply cease to exist An inevitable part of the re balancing evolution of the wine industry maybe but while necessary I for one will mourn the loss of diversity dreams and history such an extinction would represent 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

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