Our revamped website has just gone live!!
“Mum, the website is looking a bit dated”?! Unlike good wine, websites do not improve or age graciously as the years go by. So we took our daughter, Megan’s, advice and engaged Dan Broughton of Wairarapa Website Design to give our website a new look. Besides wanting attractiveness and interest, the main requirement was to be user-friendly. With Dan doing the rebuild and Megan’s translation of our needs into “web-speak” we are pleased with the result.
We do hope that you find it easy to navigate your way around our website. Please let us know if you find otherwise. We are also on Facebook and Twitter – something we were told we should include. I am still getting my head around using these social media. Those of you who are regular users of both will know when I have achieved this - when the Blog appears!!
Pruning is progressing. It is one of my favourite activities. It is also one of the most important because pruning decisions determine the yield of the vine for the next two years – selecting the best canes to be the ones to lay down to produce the coming year’s fruit and the canes to form the spurs which will become the fruiting canes for the following year. Pruning also allows you to see how well you have done the previous year when you discover you have canes to meet these requirements. So it is a positively reinforcing activity too.
Valuable assets on our vineyard are the dogs. They provide unconditional companionship, property protection and do bird patrols when the nets go on. It was a very sad day when our eldest dog, Ruby died recently. In her 14 years she had provided a loving and loyal service – even though she was severely restricted by her arthritis and deafness, Ruby was still able to give a warning bark if she saw someone she didn’t know approaching. RIP Ruby.
Our 2009 Pinot Noir and Merlot 2009 were released last August. Some ask why our red vintages are older than other vineyards around Martinborough. It all has to do with how we make our wine. We are fortunate that we are able to make our reds with as little intervention as possible. What this means is that they are naturally aged using time rather than employing the myriad of techniques available to soften the tannins and bring the wine forward. So our wines spend, on average, two years in the barrel and two years after bottling before release. So we have done your cellaring for you. Even so, they will still cellar for another five years or so if you can resist drinking them. The longevity of our wines is demonstrated by customers, Don & Cheryl, who sent us this message in February of this year “…we opened the 2003 Merlot and it was fantastic…tonight we are drinking the 2004 Pinot…fantastic”. Treat yourself to some wines that have been naturally aged!
The 2011 Chardonnay has sold out. The 2013 Chardonnay will be released shortly. Stocks of the Semillon 2011 are getting low. The Semillon 2013 has just been bottled.
Friday 25th of July 2014