As a young lad growing up in Invercargill, I used to walk through the back of uncle John’s garden on Sunday evenings…
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For the team at Domaine Thomson, it’s fair to say that April has been a truly Jekyll and Hyde month.
For us, the good Dr Jekyll was represented by a terrific vintage in autumnal Central Otago.
The last 12 months have been particularly challenging for many people in NZ, HK and the world and we feel that supporting mental health is really important in these uncertain times.
After a hot and dry summer, we were rejoicing when the rains came in late August. To be honest, there wasn’t a lot of rain but we were so happy to have some. Each time it rained, it was fine and dense and refreshing, just wonderful and what the vines needed. Fortunately, there was none […]
It has been a long hot summer with a few heatwaves and not enough rain. Many days of lovely blue skies and very brown lawns. There has been a lot in the news on forest fires and climate change, all food for thought and of concern. There has been lots of activity in the village […]
A week ago, PM and I had just arrived in Burgundy. The days were sunny and warm, with daily highs reaching 18 to 19°. The vines were waking up from their winter sleep and there were early signs of budding in some vineyards. A week later, a storm system from northern Europe is upon us […]
Every year, as we come up to “harvest” time, we all have mixed feelings. Harvest is the culmination of the year’s work, it’s what we have looked forward to all year. As the time comes, it’s both exciting and a little tense, we hope we have done all necessary work to set up the vines in the best position for a good vintage 2022. We also look up at the sky and hope for the best as far as the weather is concerned. It never fails to surprise how vignerons around the world feel the same about the run up to harvest, it is the same heady mixture of anticipation, excitement about the vintage and...
We welcome in 2022 with renewed hope and some relief that we can leave 2021 behind. The vineyard looks a picture with flourishing vines – the grapes bunches are now formed and set, with the vines enjoying the stretch of hot weather we are experiencing. It appears we are ahead in our usual seasonal harvest timetable as well. Cromwell is abuzz with holiday makers out on the lake, on the biking trails and taking the opportunity to sample the fine wines available in the region. Our new release Surveyor Thomson Rosé 2021 has been popular not just for its...