Heavenly Weather, Snapper & Viognier

Posted by on 3 November 2013 | Comments


A SnapperHeavenly weather. Green everywhere, vines flourishing, new wines looking and tasting great, it's all looking very promising right now. That's the thing with growing and making wine; you spend a lot of time hoping that early promise translates into a stunning vintage.

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Spring, Asparagus and Albariño

Posted by on 13 October 2013 | Comments

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Asparagus and eggSpring in full swing now, except for the odd blustery and rainy day. Green buds out across the vineyard - a bit early this a year - and rhythmic swing of growing grapes and making wine starting all over again. Lots to do, so quick, easy and tasty meals are very much the order of the day.

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Bud Burst

Posted by on 18 September 2013 | Comments

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A peach clafoutisVineyard still can't make up its mind; bud burst here and there, dormant in other bits. All over the place. Still, it looks neat as a pin, as it always does after the pruners have finished their work. Row after row of tidy vines, clinging to the wires and waiting for Gisborne's summer heat to fire them up...

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Spade Oak Syrah

Posted by on 4 September 2013 | Comments

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A RedWineBraisedOxtail2Wish the weather would make up its mind. Brilliant spring sunshine and birdsong one day; rain, wind and mud the next! Oh well, it's all good for the vines. They can't have it too easy, not even out here on the perfect Poverty Bay flats, and it will be bud burst and green everywhere soon enough, no matter what the weather brings.

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Chardonnay and Pumpkin

Posted by Spade Oak on 8 August 2013 | Comments

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Oh it's cold; cold and wet again, the memories of last week's sunshine just a dim blur. The vineyard is  almost  pruned, stark brown fingers sticking up at the sky. Soon though, buds will burst, and it will all start  again. Time   to get inside and have something quick and satisfying, Spade Oak style, while contemplating  the next vintage. 

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Mid Winter

Posted by Spade Oak on 28 July 2013 | Comments

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A lamb tagine Cold,but crisp and clear; beautiful, typical mid-winter Gisborne weather, blue skies, warm sun, perfect for a midday stroll through the vines, surrounded by the bird song which means spring is not far off now. Of course we'll have another cold snap or two - or three - to deal with before bud burst, but right now, we're just loving the gorgeous weather!

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None so blind as a professional wine judge.

Posted by Spade Oak on 10 July 2013 | Comments

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None so blind as a professional wine judge. One opinion.

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Albariño and seafood

Posted by Spade Oak on 10 July 2013 | Comments

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A Spicy fish and mussels stew

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Winter Solstice

Posted by Spade Oak on 1 July 2013 | Comments

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downloadOut of the cold, wet, uncomfortable and unforgiving vineyards this week, and into the cheery fire-lit warmth of The Marina Restaurant where, on the longest night of the year, local food and wine lovers gathered for a seven-course degustation menu matched by chef Stephane to Spade Oak wines.

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Rain at Last

Posted by on 13 June 2013 | Comments

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barley soup Rain at last, which means mud of course, and the chill of winter. The happy gang of pruners from Tonga, who've tended the 

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