It’s happening all over New Zealand Pinot Noir country at the moment. Men & women combing flats and hillsides of vines, counting under their breath, employing all manner of formula to choose completely random bunches of Pinot Noir.
There are great stories about people being blindfolded or sending out their children to choose the bunches or berries, anything to take away the chance of bringing back to the winery an unrepresentative average assessment of the state of the grapes before harvest.
So much more is going on at the same time of course. The vine gardeners in our industry are casting expert eyes over everything constantly. It is truly amazing the information they can walk out of a block with- things mere mortals wouldn’t have seen with twice the time and double the eyesight. In these moments wine is absolutely being made in the vineyard.
In this blog we follow Greystone Wines Viticulturist Nick Gill into his Waipara Valley vineyard.