Simon and Vanessa Barker
The Awatere Valley’s naturally lower yields and cooler, windier climate starred in 2016. We avoided multiple frost events across Marlborough and overcame uneven budburst and a dry spring. A cool flowering reduced yields but not quality. After some crucial rain at mid-summer, it stayed warm and dry with cool evenings – perfect for ripening. Preharvest, two rain events brought fear of disease, but sound canopy management and a proactive control program prevented this. Our newly acquired harvester meant we picked as we wanted - 5 picks over 7 days - and always in the early morning.
Stainless steel down to 10º C