NZ Listener Columns
  • The sometimes difficult 2015 harvest has produced some great results.

    Issue 3913 7th May 2015

    The warm, dry summer was “perfect” for grape growing, enthused New Zealand Winegrowers in early March, predicting an “outstanding, albeit smaller, vintage”. Now the fruit has been picked and the ferments have subsided, what do we know about the size and quality of the 2015 harvest? It was always likely to be smaller than last year’s gigantic crop, which exceeded the previous record set in 2013 by 29%, yielding an additional 84 million bottles of New Zealand wine to sell. Spring frosts and cool conditions during the vines’ flowering ensured a lighter year. So did drought …
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