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Today we won’t be receiving a lot of grapes so I’ll have a bit more time in the vineyards (Tasting Sauvignon blanc from Philadelphia and Nouvelle from Wellington). Yesterday we harvested the first Nouvelle grapes (a variety created in South Africa by Prof Orffer by crossing Ugni Blanc and Semillon), the first Chenin blanc and some more Chardonnay. The grapes are in good health and still have a surprisingly good analysis despite the hot and dry summer. Next week more grapes will be ripe and we will pick up some speed.

Talking about speed. I don’t know if this was due to speed or just an unfortunate accident with the change in incline on point of turning, but here are some pics of how things started in one vineyard yesterday… Luckily no one was hurt and the machine just had a bit of cosmetic damage and a bruised ego 🙂



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