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Monday, 10 August 2015 08:47

Vintage 2015 Begins!

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Written by Ruth Simpson
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Vintage 2015   The month of July saw daytime temperatures of 42 degrees C and there had been not a drop of rain for more than 6 weeks.  At Sainte Rose we were thankful for the drip irrigation in our vineyards, which has ensured that the extreme temperatures and lack of water have not caused any hydric stress in the vines and that the grapes continue to ripen in a healthy fashion.  We were however preparing for another extremely early harvest.     The start of August brought some cooler days and some light rain that has at least washed…
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 14:00

May Madness, 2015!

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Written by Ruth Simpson
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May Madness, 2015!   May is always a busy month at Sainte Rose and this year has been no exception!  In the vineyards the vines are growing at an exceptional rate, the canopy filling out to create a pale green fringe along the rows.  The trellising wires need to be raised to keep up with the rate of growth and the shoots at the foot of the vine need to be removed so that all the energy goes up the trunk to the tiny beginnings of the bunches of grapes that are forming at the fruit wire.  The weeds are…
Monday, 26 January 2015 08:31

New Year 2015

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New Year 2015!   Happy new year to you all!  Sainte Rose has had a busy start to the year, with a bottling in week 2, new plantation in week 3 and pruning continuing apace.  There are new destinations for tasting events on the horizon in the first quarter of the year and the release of a new 2013 Reserve Method Traditional Sparkling wine imminent!   Our first bottling of the year saw more of our fabulous 2014 Coquille d’Oc Rosé going into bottle.  This dangerously drinkable rosé is already gracing the shelves of Waitrose stores in the UK and…
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