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Netted vineyard (2) and harvester STANLEY

With degrees in horticulture from the University of Bath, Steve Pellett and Bridget Ennals set off, in true intrepid explorer mode, to travel through Africa then back to the UK to work as fruit technologists. But it was another two years before they found the place where they wanted to put down their roots: and that place was at the top of New Zealand’s South Island, under the cool gaze of Mount Tapuae-O-Uenuku (the footprint of the rainbow) in Marlborough’s spectacular Awatere Valley near Blenheim.  They signed up early to the NZ Sustainable Wine growing programme, as they saw this as being the basis and philosophy of their vineyard practices. Such care and attention to detail has really paid dividends – witness the amazing clutch of trophies recently awarded to their 2010 Sauvignon Blanc (only their 2nd vintage!)

Recipe Idea

Steve’s Ultimate Fish Pie, Kiwi Style

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Stanley Steve’s Kiwi Fish Pie


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  • Stanley Estates – Update

    Stanley Estates, created by British couple; Steve Pellett and Bridget Ennals, was purchased back in 2003 following a globe-trotting journey they both shared.  Finally, having trekked relentlessly they decided to put down roots, literally, in New Zealand’s beautiful Awatere Valley.  Sited in the North of the South Island, under the cool gaze of Mount Tapuae-O-Uenuku, Stanley Estates was created; the Estate taking its name from the ‘Stanley Rover’ in which Steve and Bridget travelled through Africa.

    Ten years on and Stanley Estates have made a big name for themselves, winners of numerous major awards both domestically and internationally, their dedication to, and connection with the land in which they work is obvious. With new winemaker, Eveline Fraser at the helm, it is a delight to see all of the team’s hard work acknowledged within the industry and embraced by the wine loving public worldwide.

    Steve recently contacted Seckford Agencies to give us his initial thoughts on the current vintage.

    Estate Update – December 2013

    The vintage in The Awatere Valley is running 7-10 days ahead of average due to an early Spring.  Unfortunately this early start has led to a difficult flowering for Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris with anticipated production of these varieties likely to be reduced as a consequence.  Thankfully, the later ripening varieties of Albarino, Lagrein and Sauvignon Blanc enjoyed dry weather and consequently have a much better fruit set.

    Irrigation (referred to by Steve in his note as “irritation”) has been an issue this year as a direct result of the well-publicised earthquakes which have rocked New Zealand.  Having suffered a quake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale, a major effect has been liquefaction of the river bed from where Stanley Estates infiltration trench had been located.  This disruption caused the pump to become blocked and ultimately seize completely.   Finally after a great deal of effort, Steve was able to clear the fine silt from the borehole and riser pipe, the result was quite dramatic!  Clearing the blockage was absolutely essential as in high summer temperatures are expected to peak around 28c and when combined with the desiccating North-westerly winds, irrigation is absolutely essential.  At this point in the season the vines, with their two metre wide canopies, transpire faster than Steve can irrigate.  The obvious result is that the vines flag in the heat of the day.  Fortunately with drip irrigation, Steve can still deliver a stress reliving, re-hydrating 1.3 litres of water to the vines every hour.  Being able to monitor electronically the soil moisture levels means that the Stanley team can coax the best from each individual vine, helping them to produce the very best fruit possible from the Estate’s free-draining, stony river terrace soils.

    Steve has just completed a ‘wirelift’ of the vines which trims the top layer of foliage from the vine.  The effect of this process is a redirection of energy within the vine to concentrate on berry development, which right now are the size of small green peas or Petit Pois!  Harvest is likely to be around 100 days from now.

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