2019 Vintage Report: frost depleted yields offset by high quality vintage

Growing season (Oct-Apr) data: Rainfall (mm)  Growing Degree Days (heat units) A rather typical season in many respects with one glaring exception. A major advective (cold air mass) frost in October took out most of our largest vineyard, Pirinoa Block. The cold air mass settled to the South of Martinborough and around Te Muna while […]

2018 Vintage Report: warm season and early harvest beats out late rain

Growing season (Oct-Apr) data: Rainfall (mm)  Growing Degree Days (heat units) Unlike 2017, the numbers really do tell the story of the 2018 growing season and vintage. The early part of the season was unremarkable, slightly dryer than normal and next to no frost events. Flowering conditions were perfect and, in the absence of strong […]

2017 Vintage Report: lies, damned lies and statistics

Growing season (Oct-Apr) data: Rainfall (mm)  Growing Degree Days (heat units) Looking at the numbers above you might think the 2016-2017 season was slightly wetter and cooler than average but nothing too out of the ordinary and you would be dead wrong! Hence the old Mark Twain quote (attributed in the first instance to British […]

2016 Vintage Report: The Big Dry

Growing season (Oct-Apr) data: Rainfall (mm)  Growing Degree Days (heat units) After the small 2015 vintage we were hoping for a bounce-back to more normal yields in 2016. Frost was an issue again in Spring but the wind machines proved their worth and we sustained minor damage but only in our Pirinoa Block. Temperatures in […]

2015 Vintage Report: small but perfectly formed

Growing season (Oct-Apr) data: Rainfall (mm)  Growing Degree Days (heat units) 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 […]

Glengarry Summer of Riesling tasting February 2015

Here’s what had Raymond Chan has to say about our 2011 Riesling after a tasting hosted by Riesling nut (that’s a good thing) Meredith Parkin at Glengarry, Thorndon Quay, Wellington. Nga Waka Martinborough Riesling Dry 2011 Full, even, lemon hued straw-yellow colour. The bouquet is intense and concentrated with aromas of limes and toast, beginning […]

2012 Riesling Tasting: Alsace and Mosel

Last week our bottle supplier OI hosted their annual Bob Campbell MW tasting. This year we were looking at Alsace and Mosel Rieslings from the 2012 vintage, a low-yielding, generally wet year “saved” by better conditions in the latter part of the season. Variable quality is the norm for wetter seasons with better sites and […]

2013 Lease Block Pinot Noir

1 October 2014 It is 12 years since we launched our single vineyard “Block” label with Home Block Chardonnay. Since then I have been looking forward to having Pinot Noir vines of sufficient age to also merit a single vineyard designation. The launch of 2013 Lease Block Pinot Noir this month fulfills that wish. The […]

2014 Vintage Report: Perfect (by the skin of our teeth)

Growing season (Oct-Apr) data: Rainfall (mm)  Growing Degree Days (heat units) The two key statistics from the 2013-14 season are that we matched our earliest harvest date (24 March) and that the 2nd and 3rd weeks of April produced more rain than recorded for the entire month of April over the last 30 years. The […]

The Age of Riesling

Raymond Chan – wine industry stalwart, judge, commentator and author of  www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz has his say on Nga Waka Riesling following a recent vertical tasting. Raymond’s overall assessment and detailed notes are re-printed here with Raymond’s kind permission. Cheers, Roger Parkinson Nga Waka Riesling Vertical Tasting 2011 – 1993 8 March 2014 At a recent Summer […]

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