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Aug 16 2012

decanter.com: Cloudy Bay unveils Otago Pinot Noir

Tag: Weingütersigi.hiss @ 16:05

Cloudy Bay Te Wahi 2010The first vintage of the new wine, Te Wahi 2010, will be available to taste at the annual World Pinot Noir tasting on 8 September in Marlborough, the LVMH-owned winery said. ‘After 27 years of producing wine in Marlborough, we felt at liberty to explore further afield and create a different expression of Pinot Noir,’ said Cloudy Bay winemaker Nick Lane.
‘This is not simply a “marketing cook-up”, but an opportunity for us to expand into exciting new territory.’ Cloudy Bay started working with growers in Central Otago in 2009, sourcing fruit from three hectares of vineyards in the region, and hopes to acquire its own vineyards there by 2013.

Lane told Decanter.com Continue reading „decanter.com: Cloudy Bay unveils Otago Pinot Noir“


Aug 16 2012

decanter.com: Champagne growing season worst in decades

Tag: Regionensigi.hiss @ 16:02

by Giles Fallowfield – Champagne has had the worst growing season for several decades and the prospects for the 2012 harvest look increasingly bleak.Champagne 2011 harvest

Even with improved weather in the run-up to harvest, expected to start around 20 September, yields will be significantly down on recent years with frost, hail, protracted and uneven flowering and problems with disease all having an adverse effect. Frosts in mid-April destroyed nearly 10% of the appellation’s crop, with losses as high as 40% in some areas.

A severe hailstorm in early June in the Cote des Bar affected nearly 1,000 hectares of vineyard, with some producers losing everything and the damage estimated to have cut the 2013 harvest by one-third as well.

‘We have had frost and hail, while poor weather during flowering when it was cold and wet meant that took place over four weeks [instead of just a few days], resulting in a very poor fruit set and millerandage,” said Benoit Gouez, chef de cave at Moet & Chandon. Continue reading „decanter.com: Champagne growing season worst in decades“