Vine Chat

  • Succession!

    There is a certain level of anxiety as you run low on stocks of a wine that has been doing so well in the market, what will be made of the next vin...
  • People

    The “People” in our People, Practise and Place wine philosophy.   The Kokako wine story is as much about the people as it is about the magic spot t...
  • Tale of Two Syrah's

      Left to right 2019 – 2014       Ohiti Gravels Syrah 2014 Eight years old and going strong. Those fruit-driven aromas are replaced with sweet pipe...
  • Q&A

      How many bunches of grapes to make a bottle of wine? This one is all about variety and clones. Chardonnay clones vary a lot so do the bunch weigh...
  • Post-harvest

    What happens when the excitement of harvest is over and winter pruning is still months away? Even though after COVID-19 two seasons we would all li...
  • PPP!

    People, Place, and Practice This is the basis of our wine and to a greater extent, our fruit sold to other wineries. People. Covers my knowledge b...
  • Clone Wars

    The Clone Wars   As long as there have been good chardonnays there has been good debate around which clone of chardonnay is best. One step back wha...
  • Left Bank!

    Left Bank of the Ngaruroro River or Ohiti Valley is geographically opposite the famed Gimblett Gravels. First off Gimblett Gravels is a world class...
  • Day in the life of a viticulturalist

    Birds, Birds and More Birds. Age old struggle of man and beast, well grape growers and imported grape thieves. Starlings, Black Birds, Thrush, Finc...