Cooking class...take one Pinot Gris wine sample, sterile filter and poach at 80C for 6 hours...if the wine looks no different from when you started then its Protein stable, if it goes hazy or cloudy in the slightest then its unstable and time for another dose of Bentonite (a clay no less). All part of the service in bringing you this premium product. All great chefs use wine!
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Another great review for our 2010 Block Three Riesling. Read it here in this weeks NZ Herald
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Sunday, August 28, 2011
Hand harvested, whole bunch pressed straight to barrel, wild ferment and left on full lees until just NOW. Ive just racked the wine out to tank in preparation for next months bottling of our 2011 Pinot Gris. Aromatic and textured with great mouth feel and about 8g/L residial sugar. Should be released just prior to Christmas.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Heres a look at the soil structure from the area in Waipara where we have our Syrah, Riesling and Pinot Gris vineyard. These soils are called Canterbury Gravels and are the predominant soil type along the western part of the Waipara Valley. Deposited during the Pleistocene period and more recently during the last major glacial advance. Quite a while ago in other words. Looking at the photo above you can understand why most vineyards in the area are very free draining - lots of stones and gravel with minor water holding capacity. The majority of the upper soils are Loess with plenty of deposited river gravel, silt and sand. Underlying this are layers of greywacke and argillite. Geological observation of the Waipara Valley began in 1855 although the major fieldwork from which most information is now derived was carried out in the 1950's.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
A wonderfully elegant wine, perfumed with dark berry fruits and licorice showing through, fine grained tannins and hints of spice and oak. A great example of why Waipara is an exciting place for Syrah. A cool climate wine at its best, aromatic and lean with great elegance. Like all great terroirs, the best fruit struggles but shines at harvest. Picked in mid May, a full month after most Pinot Noirs, the grapes are concentrated and delicate but show a wonderful aromatic quality. This is a wine (and region) to watch as we learn more and more about whats best each vintage.