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Spade Oak Chardonnay and Asparagus

Posted by on 20 October 2014 | Comments

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basket asparagus3Spring has well and truly arrived and the growth on the vineyard is racing away. Gisborne is the first on the A&P show circuit, driving past with the window down the screams of the fun fair wafted through – memories!

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Corned Beef and Albariño

Posted by on 21 April 2014 | Comments

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 What a vintage 2014 has been! Two great years in a row, and the latest one promises to be one that  the varietals will shine in. Every barrel in the winery in is chockablock, the fermentation bench is just a  delight, and we can’t wait to try this year's wines.

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Summer Raspberries and Noble Viognier

Posted by on 5 January 2014 | Comments

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raspberries basket henHot, and so humid lately. You can almost hear things growing in the vineyard. The vines reach upwards, flowering's been and gone, and now it's the slow routine of plucking, thinning, lifting wires and getting everything shipshape so that the grapes have enough light and air to do their best. So far, it looks like being a good vintage. 

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Flowering

Posted by on 18 November 2013 | Comments

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Fighting Crab Paella Flowering, and a very busy time in the vineyard. As anyone who's driven past a local vineyard can tell  you,  it's all about growth right now; bright green fingers of vine reaching for the blue sky. And flowering. The  proper care of flowering vines means getting the most out of  any vintage. All across the grape-growing  parts of our region, the steady hum of tractors can be heard.

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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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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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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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