A day later being in the winery to sort those same grapes which had been handpicked that morning, saving the good grapes and discarding the not so good. The attention to detail and constant mind on quality in the winery was immaculate. I witnessed the first Pinot Noir going to tank as winemaker Brett Birmingham gently layered the bottom of an empty Pinot Noir tank with de-stemmed Pinot Noir Berries, followed with layers of whole cluster berries left to inoculate.
Clive Jones drove us to the Nautilus Awatere Vineyard, which was truly spectacular. Right on the edge of the upper Awatere River sitting on a few terraces, this is where Nautilus takes its delicious Pinot Gris. We took vineyard samples of each of the blocks for one of the winemakers to later test brix levels to determine ripeness.
During our spare time, while waiting for fruit to arrive at the winery, we managed to visit Adam at Fromm Winery and Kevin, Kimberley and Richard at Greywacke harvesting some of their Chardonnay, as well as Mike Allan who was back from a fishing trip on his boat Hunky Dory at Huia Vineyards. All thoroughly enjoyable experiences. Can’t wait to visit Marlborough again.
Negociants NZ – Area Manager – Auckland On Premise
Farewell Jane Jackson
We say farewell to one of our longest serving employees, Jane Jackson, who has been with Negociants NZ for more than 20 years. Jane has been a valuable, passionate and committed employee throughout our time together, and we will all surely miss her!