Saturday, 09 December 2023 16:25

Haere Ra 2023: Waiheke

Written by  Staff Reporters
Man O' War. Man O' War.

Sam Taylor took up a vintage position with Man O' War Vineyards on Waiheke Island 15 years ago, and has built his home and career on the island.

The Good

Waiheke continues to grow as a tourist destination for wine lovers. There are lots of new offerings and initiatives from the many Waiheke wineries and these continue to be well supported by the public. Casual labour was easier to come by throughout the 2023 season. Man O' War has for some time been developing some lighter wine styles. Those were particularly helpful in the cooler vintage and helped us maintain crop levels and overall production.

The Bad

The 2023 Vintage was one of the most challenging seen by Waiheke Island growers. Persistent wet weather throughout the season lead to multiple problems. High levels of mildew, particularly downy, was widely reported on the island - something not seen for many years. Ripening was slow and concentration hard to come by.

& The Awesome

The long-term outlook for summer is hot and dry. Wines from the excellent 2020/21/22 vintages are now hitting the market and will no doubt add to Waiheke Island's reputation as a world class wine producing region.

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