Jolly Times Ahead.
December is getting busy. We are hosting the annual Vini-Viti Day for the Family of Twelve. Each of the 12 wineries sends their winemaker and viticulturist to a day of information sharing, wine tasting and lots of chat.
We will be talking about reducing alcohols and disease pressure in the vineyard, followed by a short tasting of wines from one of the new Chardonnay clones (Felton and Neudorf ). Then Michael Brajkovich MW from Kumeu and Dr Bruno Fedrizzi will be looking at the good and the bad of sulphides in Chardonnay.
Rosie and I will don aprons to feed them all - the boys have sacrificed one of our lambs for the BBQ and we will strip the kitchen garden for salads and thaw the precious whitebait from the freezer. Maybe Christmas tarts and local strawberries for dessert? At last count we are expecting 38 hungry winos.
At the cellar we spend a lot of time packing and sending wine everywhere – it is rather enjoyable to be part of someone’s special present. Magnums for those rather magnificent gestures, six packs for corporate gifts and dozens for the party/holiday/New Year/family reunion season.
Todd and Simon are keeping a watching brief on the barrels as the last of the young wines finish their malolactic ferment. In the vineyard healthy European backpackers are working with Sid, shoot positioning, lifting wires and keeping all that growth under control.
PS Nice to see Michael Cooper’s Review of NZ Wines gives Neudorf Five Stars for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Pinot Gris. Sauvignon gets four stars.