Thursday, April 3, 2008

Rolling with the punch(downs)es

I got some tough news today. This has been a weird harvest in Central Otago as almost all the whites are harvested and most of the Pinot Noir is still on the vine - usually it is the other way around. Normally when it comes time for all the hard work on Pinot Noir in the winery the whites are ready for their pressing, leading to a ton of work to be done and many late nights. However since almost all the whites are already in there will be no time pressure on the staff when it finally comes time to work the Pinot Noir hard. The ramifications of this is that Felton Road no longer has enough work for me. Such is the life of a harvest intern... Que syrah, syrah.

On the bright side, starting today I am working at Peregrine wines, a larger winery in the Gibbston Valley that primarily produces Pinot Noir from vineyards in both the Gibbston Valley and the Cromwell basin (of which Bannockburn is at the southern end). In addition to Pinot Noir, Peregrine also makes Riesling, Gewurtztraminer, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. The winery itself has won many design awards (see picture above) and I will post some photos soon.

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