June

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June

Written by Victoria Clark

June Hamilton is co-owner and founder of the 21-year-old Kaimira Wines business, but you’re unlikely to ever find her among the grapevines, let alone in the winery.

“The vineyard is not my area, though it’s very beautiful through the seasons and I do like looking at it through the office window,” she laughs. “I would be the world’s worst pruner, and the slowest, too.”

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Three Girls Blush

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Three Girls Blush

Written by Victoria Clark

Fondly acknowledging the three women who create the wines at Kina Cliffs, owner Julie Ashcroft recently decided on a name for the vineyard’s 2018 rosé. She has called it ‘Three Girls’ Blush.’

“The name recognises our viticulturist, Rhiannon Jones, and our wine-maker, Emmanuelle Bucourt – and I’m the third ‘girl’ because I planted the vines,” Julie explains.

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Women in Wine Celebration

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Women in Wine Celebration

New Zealand Winegrowers and Women in Wine NZ are hosting an evening of networking, celebration and inspiration on the eve of Bragato 2018.

Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh, the current New Zealand Poet Laureate, is the guest speaker. She is a Pasifika poet-scholar and has three highly acclaimed collections of poetry.  Selina has performed for the Queen at Westminster Abbey and recently poetically MC-ed ‘An Evening with Barack Obama’.  It will be a privilege to hear what inspires her to write such powerful poems and perhaps learn how we can all tap into our inner strengths and creativity.   

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The best use for a sock

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The best use for a sock

Written by Victoria Clark

As a child, one of Anna Seifried’s regular evening chores involved a bottle of wine and a sock.

Setting the dinner table was a favourite task for the Seifried children; Anna and her older siblings, Heidi and Chris. They’d take turns to choose a wine, slip the bottle into a sock and set it on the table.

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Colin Harrison Memorial Trophy winner

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Colin Harrison Memorial Trophy winner

Congratulations to Brightwater Vineyards for last night taking out the annual Colin Harrison Memorial Trophy for their 2016 Lord Rutherford Barrique Chardonnay.

The panel of Judges, made up of Neil Hodgson, Juliane Cormier of Casa del Vino and Jane Docherty of Nelson Winegrowers Association (and former Winemaker of Carrick Wines) said that the Brightwater Vineyards Chardonnay was "the best reflection of what you'd expect from a Nelson Chardonnay". 

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Every plant is different

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Every plant is different

Written by Victoria Clark

Grapevines are not unlike weeds, in that they grow vigorously and need controlling, says Tranja Fry, but unlike weeds, they bring her immense pleasure and she has spent more than 20 years getting to know every vine in her vineyard, Fossil Ridge.

“I enjoy learning about each plant, getting to know it and training it,” says Tranja. “Every plant is different. I like the challenge of pruning them to ensure they’ll perform every season.

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My most favourite time is harvest

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My most favourite time is harvest

Written by Victoria Clark

Twenty-eight vintages on since Jenny Wheeler and her partner Andrew Greenhough established Greenhough Wines, Jenny still marvels at the influence the weather – Mother-Nature - has on the wines we eventually pour and savour.

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Beths Heavens' field

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Beths Heavens' field

Written by Victoria Clark

As a child, Beth Eggers planned on “buying a bit of land and raising sheep” once she was old enough.

She grew up and trained in nursing - “something I said I would never do,” she laughs. But, her determination to fulfil her childhood dream never wavered – although, when she visited the centuries-old vineyards of Germany, she happily adjusted that dream to include a little vineyard.

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Trudy's tricks

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Trudy's tricks

Written by Victoria Clark

Winemaker Trudy Sheild will never forget her first harvest job in the Hunter Valley when her workmate - an Australian named Nigel - assured her: “You don’t need to be a big, burly bloke to be good at this, you just need to know a few tricks.”

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Young Viticulturist

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Young Viticulturist

We're excited to have Blake Tahapehi from Spencer Hill Estate competing in the Bayer South Island Regional Young Viticulturist competition, which is brand new in 2018 and open to contestants from Nelson, Canterbury and Waitaki. The winner will go on to represent their own region at the National Final. 

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Sommit™ 2018 post event report

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Sommit™ 2018 post event report

Now in its third year, the Sommit™ has developed into a coveted wine experience within international sommelier communities. Attended exclusively by sommeliers, and targeted exclusively to their interests, it is a celebration of the lesser known aspects of New Zealand wine, with particular emphasis on the facets that resonate with the sommelier community. Each Sommit™ is restricted to 20 attendees, including hosts Cameron Douglas MS and Stephen Wong MW, and involves sommeliers from all over the world. 

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Topsy-turvy vintage NZV18

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Topsy-turvy vintage NZV18

Author - Steve Gill, Winemaker Te Mania Wines

The growing season started with dry summer type conditions and then ended with wet spring conditions, a real topsy-turvy season.

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Sweet Agnes

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Sweet Agnes

Great article on our own Sweet Agnes from Women In Wine NZ:

Agnes Seifried from Sefried Estate in Nelson is another of our great pioneers of the New Zealand wine industry. Enjoy reading her story below and how hard work and passion have led to such well earned success.

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Hey Jude

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Hey Jude

Great article from Women In Wine NZ on one of our own Pioneers, Judy Finn:

There are many amazing women working in the New Zealand wine industry and we will be sharing stories from women working in all roles and from regions around the country.

One of our original pioneers and very highly respected is Judy Finn from Neudorf in Nelson. She has contributed much to the industry over the years,

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Sommit™ 2018

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Sommit™ 2018

Making the ordinary extraordinary.

Day One of Sommit™ 2018 arrived with the full force of Cyclone Fehi hammering our region; destroying a much-loved local iconic restaurant, evacuating families from their homes and burying our hired tables, chairs and wine boxes in half a metre of sand. But despite these obstacles Wine Nelson won the battle. Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of a large group of volunteers we were still able to showcase our region not only for our excellence in wine-making but also as a region who care for each other and for the continued success of our wine regions future.

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Benchmark Aromatics

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Benchmark Aromatics

Bob Campbell MW defines the Aromatic grape varieties, holding up 2016 Neudorf Moutere Dry Riesling  and 2017 Neudorf Moutere Albariño as benchmark Aromatic wines.

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