- - Spraying the vines at Bankhouse Estate
- - Cowrie Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Wins Gold!
- - Vintage 2016
- - Pruning Party 2016 - Bankhouse Estate
- - The Old Ghost Road Adventure
- - Queen Charlotte Relay 2016
- - New Omnia Cross-Flow Filter
- - Seddon School Tussock Run
- - 16th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference and Trade Exhibition
- - Pruning at Bankhouse 2016
- - John Key Visit
- - Last pick of the season
- - Vintage 2016 Photo Competition
- - Te Hua Sparkling Review
- - Harvest Kicks Off At Bankhouse Estate
- - Bankhouse Estate
- - 2016 Vintage In Gisborne Is Gearing Up To Be A Stunner
- - Sauvignon: The Grape That Wine Snobs Cannot Bear
- - Winegrowers Of Ara Agrees To Sell Marlborough Assets To Indevin
- - Oz Clarke on Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
- - Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Mid-life Crisis?
- - New Zealand Wine Exports Hit Record High
- - Hot and wet January fails to break Marlborough drought
- - Young Viticulturist Of The Year 2015
- - Tesco Wine Buyers talk The Post Sauvignon Blanc
- - Vintage Reality Indevin Blenheim 2015
- - Indevin - Official Sponsor of the Tasman Makos
- - Inaugural Harvest of Boyce's Block
- - Vintage has begun!
- - Indevin Lads Climb Mt Tapi
- - Blenheim Fire Destroys Farmland
- - Viticulture Update
- - Indevin Rowing Team
- - Indevin Mo Bros
- - Steger Vineyard Planting Complete
- - Indevin Purchases Highfield Estate Terrace Downs Vineyard
- - Spring Vineyard Update
- - Young Viticulturist Of The Year 2014
- - Indevin Vineyard Developments
- - A Key Visit
- - Growers Function
Spraying the vines at Bankhouse Estate
Amazing footage of the boys spraying the vines at Bankhouse Estate
Cowrie Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Wins Gold!
At the tail end of last year, we entered three Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc wines into
The Drinks Business Sauvignon Blanc Masters tasting competition.
Please see below the results for the 3 wines entered:
Cowrie Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 - Gold
Wairau Cove Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 – Bronze
This is a terrific set of results that we are very proud of, especially given the comments from the organisers below.
“To put this in context, of around 300 entries less than 5% achieved Gold Medal status and only two were awarded higher, so this truly is a fantastic result for you. As we had so many entries our judging panel had to be especially tough this year”
Huge congratulations to the Marlborough Winemaking Team on this fantastic result.
Lincoln has put together a very impressive video that has perfectly captured the Indevin camaraderie throughout the trials and tribulations that happen during those long months - click the link to watch Indevin's Vintage 2016 around the regions.
Pruning Party 2016 - Bankhouse Estate
Nearly 5.5 million canes have been laid down, 6,000 kilometres traveled between the klima and mulching operations and countless number of buds counted, on Friday it was time to stop and celebrate the achievement of the past three and half months and say farewell to a number of friends from Vanuatu.
The team celebrated the completion of pruning with a cooked breakfast, a pruning and soccer competition and some awards and acknowledgment to some of our high achievers from Vanuatu. A delicious lunch of both lamb and pork on the spit was enjoyed by all.
Gus Struthers, General Manager at Bankhouse Estate said "It was an enjoyable day, and I would have to say the best one yet. It was great to see the way everyone interacts and a highlight for me was seeing the Indevin supervisors acknowledging the special person within their pruning team, and how humble these boys were in accepting the recognition."
The Old Ghost Road Adventure
The Mission: “The Old Ghost Road” Old Gold mining road from Lyell to Seddonville on the Westcoast of New Zealand
Distance: 85 Kilometers/2161 Meters
Squad:Deane Caughey, Heath Stafford, Michele Pedron, Fred Escalle and Logan Boyce
Horses: Giant, Trek, Lapierre, Merida and Specialized
Weather: -1oC to 29 oC Snow through to Sun
Accommodation: Lyell Saddle Hut and Mokihinui Forks Hut
Most Valuable Products: Back Country Meals, Gu Energy Gels, Single Malt and Sirloin Steak for some.
Day.1 - Vehicles loaded and heading for Lyell. Quick stop in Murchison for our last taste of civilization for the next two days. Bikes assembled and we are off. The weather has changed we are now riding through the peace and quiet that is snow, under the famous tree across the track and we arrive at the Lyell Saddle hut slightly frozen after a 3 hour climb. A nice hot fire welcomes us in the hut and the gentle aroma of wet cycle gear.
Day.2 - Snow every where and frozen bikes greets us as we peer out the hut window. Saddle up and away through the snow. Another 3 hours sees us pull out above the bushline amazing views as we are the first to push along the snow covered trial. Quick bite of lunch at the Ghost Lake hut and we are off into the well earned downhill sections. Lots of suspension bridges and the snow has been replaced with fast flowing trials and the odd mud hole. We met the “Boneyard “ a steep, hot, dry, rocking section of the trial (not a fun time for some). 47 km later we arrive into Mokihinui Forks hut.
Day.3 - Saddled up the finish line awaits. A narrow trial weaving its way along the banks of the Mokihinui river, very little room for error in places. Amazing high spanning swing bridges edge us closer to Seddonville. A nice flowing section of the trial and the team is carrying some good speed to the end. A first mechanical failure Stafford has gone down with a lack of air in the rear wheel, a quick fix and away. A short burst through the winding final section and its over. Next task track down 5 cold ales and 5 works burgers. The Old Ghost Road is complete.
A definite recommendation to anyone interested and there will be a repeat in the future. Many thanks to Michele the chief organizer and instigator of the adventure.
Queen Charlotte Relay 2016
On the back of the Tussock run confidence was running high so the team signed up for the Queen Charlotte relay.
The Queen Charlotte relay is the oldest road relay in New Zealand celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. The race takes runners from Picton through to Havelock along the Queen Charlotte Drive, total distance 34.65 km across 5 legs ranging from 5 km to 8.6 km.
The team “Indevin Express” consisted of the following athletes: Lincoln Ellsworth, Logan Boyce, Ed Murchison, Michele Pedron and Jason Cook finished in a time of 2:59:17, 24th Overall.
Special mention to Michele and Lincoln who placed 12th and 13th for the individual legs overall.
Nadine Linklater also completed the leg 5 of the relay with the CrossFit Team.
An enjoyable day out, definitely recommend it to others for next year.
New Omnia Cross-Flow Filter
The new Omnia lees filters have been installed at the Blenheim winery, this world class cross-flow with ceramic membranes provide an exceptional juice recovery rate from lees with final concentrations of more than 90 percent. The filters not only separate wine from lees, but also provide clean juice from floated solids and extract quality juice from cold, settled juice lees.
Seddon School Tussock Run
A fantastic Marlborough day greeted the 87 Indevin athletes as they lined up for the start of the Seddon School Tussock run.
The Indevin team was spread across the multiple disciplines from 5km walk/run, 10.5km walk/run through to the 15km run.
There were some notable performances on the day:
- Lincoln Ellsworth 1st 5km Adult run,
- Michele Pedron 6th 10Km Adult run
- Sandy O’Connell 8th 15km Adult run
The day was rounded out with some well earned refreshments and nutritional treats from Fi and the team at the local rugby clubrooms
Congratulations to all those that competed, especially all the young ones.
Great to see so many people out supporting the local community.
We will be back for 2017!!!
16th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference and Trade Exhibition
Nine delegates from across the Indevin Group are currently attending the 16th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference and Trade Exhibition in Adelaide. Technical Developments in winemaking and viticulture, new process technologies and international market insights are being presented alongside discussions relating to challenges currently facing the Australian Wine Industry. The Indevin attendees, representing wineries and departments from throughout the group, are excited by the opportunity to represent the company at the largest Australasian industry event of its kind and further contribute to Indevin's position as an industry leader when it comes to quality and innovation.
Pruning at Bankhouse 2016
The dust barley settles from harvest and the team are focusing on pruning, which is the single biggest operation at Bankhouse. Starting mid-May and completed by the end of August. With over 2.5 million vines to prune and over three thousand kilometres to cover with the klima (mechanical pruning aid) it requires a coordinated team effort.
General Manager of Bankhouse Estate Gus Struthers said "This year we have 87 of our friends from Vanuatu, who will be here for the pruning, you have to feel for these guys who come from a tropical island to prune the vines in some challenging conditions where temperatures can be often below -5⁰ C. The boys do a fantastic job, and always have a large smile on their face when they are not freezing.
The klima operation runs seven days a week and up to 16hrs per day, with the team doing a fantastic job getting through the kilometres. The klima operation which removes the cut canes and mulches them at the same time not only reduces the cost of the operation but reduces the labour requirement by up to 30%
At the end of pruning, we have a party to celebrate the completion of pruning and to farewell our friends back to Vanuatu, where we enjoy some Bankhouse grown lamb and Pinot Noir".
John Key Visit
Indevin Marlborough had its turn to host The Right Honourable John Key, as well as the National candidate Stuart Smith.
The Prime Minister’s group experienced a 1 hour tour of the Marlborough winery facility, following the winemaking process from start to finish.
Discussions were had around Indevin’s history, the winemaking process and export opportunities.
Marlborough Production Manager Logan Boyce said "The visit ran smoothly and special thanks to all those that contributed to cleanliness and tidiness of the Marlborough site".
Last pick of the season
On the 17th of May, the winery and vineyard team hand harvested the last grapes of Gewurtz and Sauvignon Gris. It took an hour for the team to pick 11 bins of fruit (and a little bit of rot as well). After the effort the teams headed back to the Dart to warm up and celebrate the end of the 2016 vintage over a drink and a wild pork casserole cooked beautifully by Anne, Merle and Fiona.
1200 litres of juice was extracted at 50 brix, the fermentation process has started and the team are eagerly awaiting the first drop!
Vintage 2016 Photo Competition
This is the second year that Indevin Blenheim has run a vintage Photo Competition.
The competition has been fierce this year with a large number of very professional photos received.
It's very encouraging to see how much the staff enjoy getting involved.
Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all who entered.
It’s great to see the spirit of vintage snapped in a picture!
3rd Place went to Pim Greven with a fabulous shot of the sun setting in Blenheim
2nd Place went to the Red Cellar Team with a fun shot of vintage hands
1st Place went to Diego Danus with his breathtaking shot of an early morning sunrise
Te Hua Sparkling Review
Te Hua Sparkling was launched in to Majestic Wine in the UK this month, here is the first review on this delicious new wine... click here to read more
Harvest Kicks Off At Bankhouse Estate
The first of the Sauvignon Blanc fruit was harvested today out at Bankhouse Estate, the harvesting machines are trying to get as much done as they can before the rain comes to join us later on today.
To see more click here
Check out the incredible view from the viewing platform at Indevin's new vineyard Bankhouse Estate here
2016 Vintage In Gisborne Is Gearing Up To Be A Stunner
Vintage 2016 is now in full swing at the Gisborne winery, early reports are indicating that this vintage is going to produce another stunning crop... read more here
Sauvignon: The Grape That Wine Snobs Cannot Bear
Read the full article here
Winegrowers Of Ara Agrees To Sell Marlborough Assets To Indevin
Ara and Indevin have today reached an unconditional agreement for Indevin to purchase Ara’s existing vineyard and bare land in Marlborough, New Zealand.
Oz Clarke on Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
To read more on Oz Clarke's thoughts click here
Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Mid-life Crisis?
Is Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc having a Mid-life Crisis? Read more here
New Zealand Wine Exports Hit Record High
Read the full story here
Hot and wet January fails to break Marlborough drought
Marlborough still in drought (Marlborough Express). Read more here
Young Viticulturist Of The Year 2015
Will Krippner and Alice Rule did extremely well at the Hawke's Bay Young Viticulture competition this year, making Indevin very proud.
Will is a permanent vineyard worker at Indevin and has enjoyed working outdoors amongst the vines for about two years.
Before coming on board at Indevin Will had been undertaking wine making and grape growing degrees at EIT, Hawke's bay. Will said "I continue to learn new things with every season that comes along and each year I look forward to the challenge and experience offered from doing the young viticulturist competition."
Alice has been working through a contractor in the Hawke's Bay vineyards, she also trialed Drones during vintage for bird scaring. Alice is also Co-Founder and Managing Director of Precision Aerial Technologies, she is passionate about improving data collection methods on vineyards using multi-spectral cameras and thermal imaging services.
Will won two categories, Budget and Machinery and came third overall. Alice won Pest & Disease, well done to both of them.
Tesco Wine Buyers talk The Post Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage Reality Indevin Blenheim 2015
A very cool video highlighting exactly what happens during vintage.
Indevin - Official Sponsor of the Tasman Makos
Indevin has always supported the local rugby team favourite, the Tasman Makos, this year we have stepped up our sponsorship support beyond where it was last year and have become an official sponsor.
As part of the Tasman Rugby Union sponsorship deal the Tasman Rugby Union Ball Boys will now be adorned in an Indevin designed uniform during the Makos ITM Cup season for 2015.
The Tasman Rugby Union Ball Boys are a visible, localised presence at every Makos home game, as well as other TRU representative fixtures e.g. Red Devils, Griffins and local club Finals, and will be seen in front of crowds ranging from between 3,500 and 8,000 people.
The Indevin brand will be highly visible and will be an effective brand placement. The uniform has been designed to maximise brand exposure.
As a special offer to members of Indevin’s Insider Club, this uniform is available to purchase for a limited time, the cost of the jersey is $60 and the shorts are $30.
If you would like to take advantage of this offer, please contact Sharyn Cranston with the item size and quantity you would like to purchase before the end of April 2015.
Inaugural Harvest of Boyce's Block
The infamous Boyce's Block which has been owned and farmed by the Boyce family for over 100 years has been harvested for the first time!
The 125ha vineyard was developed and planted exclusively with Sauvignon Blanc in late 2013 following Indevin entering into a long term ground lease with the Boyce family.
Indevin's CEO Duncan McFarlane said "The growing conditions since development have been optimal resulting in a small “18 month” crop off the vineyard for Vintage 15. This fruit was harvested on Wednesday 18th March and the Indevin Viticulture and Winemaking teams are delighted with the quality of this first crop".
This is great news for the Insider Wine Club as members will see some of this top-notch inaugural wine appear under the #honorary label later this year.
Check out the fantastic footage below
Vintage has begun!
Indevin Gisborne kick-started V15 this morning, check out the footage below of the first grapes being received in to the winery.
Indevin Lads Climb Mt Tapi
Indevin lads from the Marlborough Winery took on the challenge to conquer Mt Tapuae-o-Uenuku fondly known as Mt Tapi.
Mt Tapi is 2885m high making it the highest peak in the northeast of New Zealand's South Island outside the Mt Cook/ Aoraki area, it is situated up the Awatere Valley and is readily seen from Indevin's Awatere vineyards. The name translates from Maori as "footprint of the rainbow", however it is usually regarded as being named after Chief Tapuaenuku.
Indevin Cellar Manager Logan Boyce was amongst the group and his father Wayne who has previously climbed Mt Tapi kindly reminded him of the Boyce family tradition of carrying a dozen beers up the mountain to enjoy with the group once they had conquered the summit. Wayne generously provided the dozen beer in 440ml cans which was an extra 6kgs for Logan to carry, but he muscled up well.
One of the lads has kindly shared a rather amusing tale about how the rest of the trip panned out...
"On the first day we hiked for 6-7 hours up the Hodder River climbing about 1100 metres vertically and crossing the river an impressive 70 times before arriving at the Hutt, the weather was absolutely stunning. With 8 men in one Hutt and two large bunks some of us were naturally nervous about snoring and other nocturnal habits. One of the lads told us that he was well prepared with a sleeping tablet and personally moulded ear plugs. He then proceeded to snore for New Zealand and earned the nickname "Buzzsaw". At one point someone yelled out "kick him" which several of us mistook for "kill him" and we were seriously pondering it when our alarms went off at 5am."
After a hearty breakfast of ready mix porridge the team was off at 5:45am, the summit trip took the team about 4 1/2 hours with a vertical climb of about 1500m. It was eerily tranquil at the summit with no wind and some of the most spectacular views ever seen. There were no real mishaps, no-one suffered vertigo, but it was a fair effort to get to the summit.
We arrived back at the Hutt about 3pm and most of us fell asleep before the Buzzsaw started again. When we woke we happily completed the Boyce family tradition and drank all of Logan's 440ml cans and the single malt whiskey, which was surprisingly abundant, and settled in for a game of cards. Spirits were high and the banter was strong.
The next morning we set off at 6:30am at a healthy clip and arrived back at the Hodder Bridge about 11:30am. The trip was fun, the camaraderie great and we are preparing for another one... maybe Stewart Island. Preparation is under way for personally moulded silicone earplugs for all for the next trip."
What a fantastic adventure!
Blenheim Fire Destroys Farmland
A fire broke out in Blenheim last week and swept across 30 to 40 hectares of farmland North of Seddon at Dashwood Pass, on the eastern side of State Highway 1.
This farmland belongs to local Blenheim family the Boyce's and sits just above an Indevin leased vineyard known as "Boyce's Block".
Indevin's Blenheim Cellar Manager, Logan Boyce received a call from his wife late afternoon and raced out to help his Dad and other local farmers joined in to try and control the blaze.
Logan said "It was hard work, it took a good 5 hours to get the fire under control but we managed to keep the extent of the damage contained to the hillside and away from the house"
For the full story click on the link below.
Check out Logan's helicopter footage below.
Flowering is well underway with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Most growers have lifted tucking wires to the first nails and in some cases the second nails.Crop forecasts are all in and the crop appears to be down on last year by 20-30%, which makes the forecast about normal compared to the long term average.
November has faithfully followed the spring pattern starting in July and produced another dry month with a mixture of cold and warm days. On 20 November a grass frost was recorded at Grovetown of -1.6°C. The most significant weather feature of this spring is the unusually dry period from July to December. This five month period has been the driest on record. The region has only received 97mm of rain or 27% of the evapotranspiration. The soils are very dry and growers are constantly irrigating their vines. Fortunately the regions aquifers and river levels are not affected to date. However the continual draw on these water sources without being replenished is not sustainable and may result in water restrictions being imposed by some water schemes (Southern Valleys, etc).
In the past 15 years only four seasons have been warmer than 2014 (2001, 2006, 2013). The sea surface temperatures (SST) have been increasing over the past month or two. Consequently there could be a weak El Niño in December /January and this could possibly strengthen in the autumn. In Marlborough, this could mean higher temperatures because of increased wind from the west/north west, less rainfall and more frosts. However it is a mistake to attribute too much of the weather pattern to El Nino or La Nina because some studies indicate they only account for 10-25% of the weather we experience.
Indevin Rowing Team
Indevin entered a crew in to the annual competition run by the Blenheim Rowing Club. After being crowned champions in the inaugural 2009 event, they have suffered the misfortune of being the losing finalist in the past four years. Expectations were high this year that they could finally topple the dominance of the mighty Giesen crew. Crews had six weeks of on the water training and they used the liberal rules to bring in some young blood in the form of CEO Duncan McFarlane’s son, Angus and Geoff Beavis’s son Sam.
Training was disrupted by many things and they only managed to get the whole crew on the water twice before the event. On the day, they were joined by Giesen, Pernod Ricard, Delegats, and the surprise package, St Clair. After an initial convincing victory over the novice Pernod crew, they came up against St Clair to find out who would join Giesen in the final. After a shaky start by Indevin, and St Clair moving to an early lead, they had to storm home to grab St Clair on the line by the narrowest margin. In the final, they had their best row of the day but were unable to match the strength and skill of the Giesen crew. Well done to the Giesen crew and here’s hoping Indevin can finally get one over them next year. Thanks to all of the Indevin crew for their efforts.
Indevin Mo Bros
At the start of Movember, guys take action by signing up with a clean-shaven face and for the 30 days of November commit to growing a moustache. These selfless and generous men are known as Mo Bros and groom, trim and wax their way into the archives of fine moustachery. Mo Bros are supported by the women in their lives, affectionately known as, Mo Sistas - together, the Mo Community raise money and awareness to change the face of men’s health.
With the sprouting of a new moustache, Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the month, and like a run or walk for charity they use their hairy ribbon to spark conversations around the often ignored issue of men’s health and seek funds to support the work of the Movember Foundation.
Indevin's Mo Bros have done a fantastic job during Movember and have proudly raised $1350 which is a fantastic effort. Special thanks to Bryce for generating the challenge that had a fantastic response, also a huge thanks to Phil for organising all of the prizes. Lastly thanks to the judging panel who had a blast selecting the winners.
Steger Vineyard Planting Complete
After an intense four month process, Sauvignon Blanc planting, posting and guarding at the 27 hectare Steger Vineyard is now complete.
Indevin have taken a long term land lease on this site which is situated in the picturesque lower Waihopai Valley to further strengthen its Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc supply base.
Indevin's General Manager Viticulture & Supply Shane Speakman says "Each and every vineyard development is an interesting challenge and watching a vineyard transform from bare land to being fully planted in four months is something quite special".
Shane expects a small production of fruit to come off the vines in vintage 2016 and for the vineyard to be at full production by vintage 2017.
Indevin Purchases Highfield Estate Terrace Downs Vineyard
As part of Indevin’s ongoing focus on building its Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc supply base, we are delighted to have purchased the established Terrace Downs Vineyard from Highfield Estate.
This prime 78 hectare (190 Acre) vineyard located at “Centre Valley” has the Wairau River running the length of its Northern boundary. The vineyard is located on two river terraces consisting of friable stony silt loams over gravels. “We’re really happy to have to secured another well-established vineyard in a proven Marlborough sub-region” commented Indevin CEO Duncan McFarlane, “This vineyard along with the plantings we’ve undertaken over the past two years adds further certainty to our long term supply base and complements nicely the excellent relationships we enjoy with our community of Marlborough growers.”
Indevin has experienced strong growth in the UK and US markets over recent years and has been bolstering its grape supply base to support future aspirations. Indevin Executive Director (Export and Wine Supply) Phill Dagger explained; “Our offshore partners have huge confidence in the future of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and we’ve collaborated with them on their long term plans and aspirations. Acquisitions such as this add further certainty and confidence to all concerned”.
The winemaking and viticulture teams are looking ahead to the 2015 harvest with a keen interest in what the latest addition to Indevin’s stable will add to the mix when it comes to producing our 2015 wines.
Spring Vineyard Update
For everyone involved in the vineyard, the start of pruning marks the beginning of a new season. For wine growers, this is the most critical time of the year and one of the key factors that determines the success of the next year’s crop. Our viticulture team has spent the last three months training and supervising gangs of pruners — the unsung heroes of the wine industry. Pruning is a delicate art that requires skill, care, consideration, and, of course, has to be cost effective.
In Gisborne, a small gang of experienced pruners make the initial cuts, choosing what vine material is removed and what is kept for the new season. The next stage is to trim and tie down the canes. The final stage is to sweep the prunings into the center of the row for mulching and for fruiting wires to be dropped either mechanically or by hand.
Before bud burst is a good time to clean up unwanted under-vine weeds. It’s also a good opportunity for mealy bug and or powdery mildew control, with chemical applications that cannot be used once green tissue is visible.
Meanwhile, the team has the exciting task of getting new blocks readied for new plantings as the old blocks are being retired after many years of good service. Close to 80 hectares will be planted in spring, over most of our Gisborne and Hawkes Bay vineyards. It’s an enormous job that we couldn’t complete without our hero pruners.
Young Viticulturist Of The Year 2014
Indevin Hawke’s Bay was delighted to enter William Krippner - aka ‘Kryptonite - in this year’s ‘Young Viticulturist Awards’. Will was ‘green’ to vineyards when he started with us at the Phoenix and Twin Rivers vineyards ten months ago, despite being half way through a viticulture degree. His background is in film and drama, including a degree in filmmaking, making his progress even more remarkable!
Will was up against seven other talented young people for the award, including a three-time winner who ultimately took the award out for a record fourth time. Will did Indevin proud by achieving first place in the budgeting section and excelling in the other categories.
The awards are a great opportunity for young viticulturists to network, make friends and hone their skills. The day concluded with a dinner at Villas Te Awa winery, where contestants were required to make a speech. Will’s presentation on the Gimblett Gravels appellation was well received.
Other Indevin staff involved in the event were: Fraser Agnew, Hawke’s Bays vineyard supervisor, who judged the pruning section of the competition and Andy Dodds and Carson Green who entered the inaugural grape race for older viticulturalists. The latter missed out on a first placing by one point and both say they will be back for revenge next year!
Will intends to try his luck again in 2015 and we have high hopes that he will bring home the big award in the near future.
Indevin Vineyard Developments
Shane Speakman (GM Viticulture and Supply) has taken on the challenge to develop three new Marlborough vineyards this year. The Waihopai Vineyard and Selmes Road property will be planted with 30 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc apiece while Grantham Street vineyard at Grovetown, is 15 hectares in size and will also be planted with Sauvignon Blanc. All three vineyards will be planted this year and are expected to reach full production by 2018.
A Key Visit
Indevin Gisborne was surprised by a group of VIP guests, when the Prime Minister, the Right Honourable John Key stopped by along with local MP and Police and Corrections Minister Anne Tolley, and National candidate Paul Goldsmith.
The Prime Minister, minders, entourage and a large media contingent were treated to a 45-minute tour of the Gisborne winery with Deane Caughey (GM, Operations) and Hamish Anderson (production Winemaker) as tour guides. With the election looming only a week after his visit, the Prime Minister was in full campaign mode, taking time to meet and chat with the team before signing several bottles of ‘Prospect’ Chardonnay. We have it on good authority that he is an avid Chardonnay drinker and will have a case of The Prospect on standby come election night.
Congratulations to the Gisborne team for playing terrific hosts and making the most of a great opportunity to showcase our fantastic winery.
On Sunday 17 August our growers enjoyed the hospitality of the Indevin corporate tent as they watched the Tasman Makos thump Hawkes Bay at Lansdown Park in Blenheim. The weather was perfect for spectators and players alike, and provided an opportunity for growers and Indevin staff to enjoy each other’s company before the start of another growing season.
The final score was 35 – 15 in favour of the Makos, who lead throughout the game and dominated the breakdown area.
We have had great feedback on the day from many of the growers and look forward to getting together again soon.