Just when we are thinking Spring, down in New Zealand they are thinking Fall Harvest. Looks like they are having a harvest just like the Hudson Valley’s 2007 Harvest. Gibbston Valley Wines managing director Mike Stone says “We’ve never had a harvest like this where everything is coming together at once, the flavours are great across all our vineyards,” Mr Stone said.

The long, dry summer this year had ensured early ripening, sugar levels were excellent with very good flavours and the bunches were all the same size.

Also, because of the early ripening the wine should contain 1 percent less alcohol, which made it smoother, he said.

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I am looking forward to tasting some of the 2008 Pinot Noir from New Zealand….not to mention my favorite..Sauvignon Blanc!