Torlesse Wines is typical of many artisan handcrafted wineries in New Zealand. If you visit the winery you will be hosted by Kym, his wife Maggie or Paul Hewitt the assistant wine maker. This is pretty cool.
One of the special characteristics of Kym’s wine is the ability to improve over time in the bottle. New Zealand has yet to achieve this recognition and Kym will be one of the many winemakers who is able to show the extra effort in the vineyard pays rewards for us consumers down the road.
Kym Rayner’s Comments on the 2009 Growing Season
“The winter of 2008 was normal to bordering on cold with a snow fall in June that settled on the ground at the winery
Late winter rains were very heavy in July and about 3 weeks later in August resulting in flooding around the winery.
Since August, rainfall has been slight and while we are happy with low rainfall, the farming community around Waipara and in fact much of the East coast of NZ is very dry. We planted some Pinot Gris in late October and have been watering since then
The other significant fact is Waipara had no frost events or no visible damage on our vineyards at least. This coupled with warm dry conditions has meant early flowering and pretty good set.
The only negative is these conditions are also ideal for powdery mildew so there are plenty of sulphur sprays going on. This is an acceptable spray from an organic/sustainable approach.
Our vineyard has been quite untidy this year as we are spraying less herbicide and leaving a wider range of ground cover to bring in more insect diversity, hopefully beneficially, like lady birds, spiders and bees and the predator wasps.
Things are shaping up for an excellent vintage.”
Thanks Kym, for sharing and letting us know there are some good things to look forward to.