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Borthwick News March 2013
A Glorious Harvest
One of our easier harvests for some time only because the weather allowed us to pick when we needed to and the usual pressures of the Gladstone climatic extremes stayed away. Fantastic flavors across the whites and beautiful color and lovely tannins in the Pinot Noirs. First frost post harvest allowing the vines to lose the leaves and prepare for dormancy. A well deserved break for them as they have showed great resilience and produced some sensational fruit for the 2013 harvest. Bo finally got his visa cleared and enjoyed his second harvest at the winery.What a fantastic summer if you were a grape grower and a very dry and typical season if you were a farmer. Being both, the dry summer kept the irrigation lines in use in the vineyard and the feedout wagons busy on the farm. The team has been managing a new vineyard that has been planted for 20 years in the Bideford region, older vines but with great temperament and the Pinot Noir fruit looks divine.
Start of the Bull buying season and the first Bull walk displaying the 2 year old bulls showed the developing genetics Te Whanga has been producing over the last 75 years. The annual sale is on the 7th June at 9.30am. The Garden has been busy with tour groups and all amazed at the changes and development of the existing gardens. We maintained our NZ garden of significance this year.
Te Whanga and Borthwick vineyard hosted the Ballance Agrinutrients marketing team filming for the Mystery Creek Field Days.
Patiently waiting for some dry weather to allow the trucks in so we can finish rolling the arena for the ponies and get them into work for the next show season.
If you find yourself overseas in Europe or North America you can still find a bottle of Paddy Borthwick. We currently have distribution in Ireland, Sweden, Netherlands, China, Australia, UK, Canada, and the USA. And if you need refreshment on the way home then you could enjoy a refreshing Sauvignon Blanc in Singapore.
The 2011 Riesling was awarded 4 stars from Raymond Chan wine reviews and 4 stars in the Winestate new release tasting.
The 2010 Pinot Noir was awarded a silver
medal in the IWC wine challenge in London.
2012 Sauvignon Blanc is drinking fantastically and showing the regional fleshy characteristics of Gladstone Sauvignon Blanc. Great length and depth of flavor and highlights the cool 2012 harvest from the Gladstone region. Awarded 4 1/2 stars in the recent winestate new release tasting and a gold medal in the San Francisco Wine Challange.
The Pinot Gris from the home vineyard was awarded 4 1/2 stars and 91 points from Sam Kim at Wine Orbit. Good to see the wines all standing on their own merits amongst a competitive market. Brief trips to Australia before vintage always a good break from the business and good to visit the far north Queensland and see the market in the north.
We bottled the wine made by Henry last year and look forward to his start into the wine endeavors
2013 Harvest. Sensational
Cheers and Hope all the firewood is in.
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