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Monday, 06 August 2012 15:29

2012 Pre-Vintage Update!

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Written by Ruth Simpson
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2012 Pre-Vintage Update! As the start of the 2012 harvest approaches we have already begun watching the weather very carefully!  Our harvest has begun as early as the 11th of August and although this growing season has been a little cooler, this year we have the added dimension of picking Chardonnay ultra-early to make the base wine for our Sainte Rose Sparkling wine project (more on that coming SOON!).  After a very humid day yesterday storms were forecast and there was a risk of hail.  The storm broke this morning, with fortunately no hail!  The ground is barely wet from…
Tuesday, 10 July 2012 09:08

Hector the Owl!

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Hector l'Hibou Coincidentally, just as our elder daughter starts reading her first Harry Potter book, we have the opportunity to save an owl at Sainte Rose!  The owl that we found in our Chardonnay block was no Hedwig, but was in fact a 3 year old ‘Grand Duke’ (Latin name ‘Bubo bubo’) or Eurasian Eagle Owl, one of the world’s largest owls more commonly sighted in sparcely populated, rocky, mountainous areas!  It had most certainly hit a wire or electricity post whilst hunting and we thought it had broken a wing.  We still don’t know what sex the owl is,…
Monday, 11 June 2012 09:30

The Simpson's of Sainte Rose!

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The Sainte Rose Simpsons! People love to joke about our surname, especially the French, who find it hilarious that we have the same family name as that most famous of American cartoon series!  Well, in the same spirit of fun and in celebration of our 10th Anniversary at Sainte Rose, we’ve created our own animation!  We didn’t do this with the express intention of challenging the cartoon Simpsons, but rather to take a light hearted look at what we do at Sainte Rose and why we do it!  Bart and Marge - watch out! SCROLL DOWN TO WATCH!
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