July brings the sheep

July brings the sheep into the vineyard where they will happily stay for another month - they are very useful and inexpensive lawnmowers!

Pruning will start towards the end of July and our main block of Pinot Noir & Chardonnay will take around 2-3 weeks to be pruned and tied down. This turns the vineyard from looking really gnarly and unkept, to a place of beauty with amazing uniformed rows. I am sure that this is Dad’s favourite time of the year!

Our Pinot Gris and excitingly a new wine for us called 'Te Pae' are scheduled to be bottled next month. The Chardonnay & Pinot Noir in barrel are trying to go through malolactic fermentation but with an average daily temperature at the moment ranging from -3’C to 12’C it’s probably too cold for these marvellous bugs to weave their magic.

Have a great week everyone and thanks for all your support.


Nicky Parish, 
Dunnolly Estate Winemaker



July 2019 Dunnolly Estate, North Canterbury Vineyard