• 1995

    A lovely spring and good weather until mid-December.  We got Cyclone Fergus on the 31st December with 95mm of rain.  We had a cool, cloudy January, a warm weather February with uncharacteristic humidity and then it all came right, with a wonderful harvest period from Easter until the final picking on the 6th May.

  • 1994

    The 1994 vintage for Te Mata Estate was of high quality.  Although cool weather in November delayed flowering, a very warm and dry growing season led to intensely concentrated crops.  Yields on sauvignon blanc were 15% down;  on reds and chardonnay they were about normal.  The resulting wines should be powerful, concentrated, with significant keeping qualities and may not be quite as fresh and forward as many consumers expect from New Zealand wine.

  • 1993

    1993 was an unusual year, with a harvest at least three weeks later than average.  However, from Easter onwards we enjoyed an Indian Summer, and left grapes on the vine because we were able to, resulting in attractively flavoured and weighted wines.  Vineyards needed to have had intensive management inputs to harvest quality fruit, but those that did have produced wines of a quality that will surprise many.

  • 1992

    The season started well with very good bud break, but then the cold November and cool December reduced the set at flowering, especially with those varieties such as merlot and chardonnay which tend to react adversely to cold winds in the late Spring.  In January, we had the same sunshine hours as for 1991, but without those days when the temperature is nearer 40 than 30, and then, late in February, and on into March, the westerlies blew.  For the most part, it remained fine and warm, a trend which continued on until about the 9th May.  We started harvest on the 24th March, three days later than in 1991, and finished on the 8th May, a week or so later than usual.

  • 1991

    The season was early, with a very hot December and the quickest flowering we have ever experienced, followed by prolonged settled weather, one quite heavy rainfall on the 9/10th April and thereafter clear weather until harvest was completed on the 27th April.  We consider the year to be our best yet; the wines, in technical terms, have very low pH’s and quite low acids.

  • 1990

    Vintage was in mid-season as far as timing went, starting in late March and finishing on the 3rd May.  We had only 30mm of rain in April and providentially were missed by the deluges that hit Taranaki and Wanganui.  The relative merits of 1989 and 1990 compare to those of 1983 and 1982; 1989 and 1983, being years of drought giving intense, big weighted and slow developing wines; 1990 and 1992 giving more fruitiness and suppleness, slightly lower alcohols and mid to long term ageing capabilities.

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