2012 Vintage

July 15, 2012

Vintage is done and dusted, most of the ferments are finished or close to it and they taste fantastic. The cool flowering in December ensured a below average yield in Marlborough, while growers were initially disappointed when they realized how small their crop was, that was soon forgotten when harvest began late with winter fast approaching.

The temperature at flowering has a huge influence over yield and it is funny how nature has a way of evening things up, had we not had a cool flowering in Marlborough and our vines had been carrying an average sized crop we would have struggled to ripen them before the vines had shut down for winter.

While the cool summer meant that there weren’t the usual long days at the beach, fortunately it led to a long ripening period locking in intense flavors.

Most Marlborough wineries I have spoken to, like us here at Torea, are very excited about their 2012 wines and think it will be one of the better vintages for intense flavors for some time. However you will have to wait for a while to taste them, as the better wines won’t be released early to allow full development prior to bottling.

Vintage is the best time of the year, our whole years work in the vineyard from pruning the vines, tending the canopy to ensure that the grapes ripen evenly while reaching their full flavor potential at the appropriate brix (sugar level) with a well-balanced acidity builds through to harvest, what’s not to like?

The fun doesn’t stop there though as attention then moves into the winery where we ensure that the flavors of our place in 2012 come through in the wines that you will get to try in a few months time.

If you can’t wait that long, you can try our 2011 wines that are at all good wine stores, or visit http://www.toreawines.co.nz or email us for the outlet nearest you.

Cheers for now
Stuart
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RWC2011 Final Twaka – Lets Go the All Blacks !!

October 18, 2011

What a game last Sunday the All Blacks thoroughly deserve to be in the final against their World Cup bogey team FRANCE!

One more game, one more huge effort and they will be World Champions, lets get together again this Friday at noon for the World Cup Final Twaka and show our support for the All Blacks!!

For the biggest Twaka yet we look forward to seeing you Friday 21st of October at noon (NZST). We will post the lead verse (below) of the Haka on Twitter from our @Toreawines account.

Lead Post – #Twaka “Ringa pakia – Uma tiraha – Turi whatia – Hope whai ake – Waewae takahia – kia kino”

Once you see this post everyone joins in with the three Haka verses (three independent tweets)

1) #Twaka #RWC2011 “Ka mate! Ka mate! – Ka ora! Ka ora! – Ka mate! Ka mate! – Ka ora! Ka ora!”

2) #Twaka #RWC2011 “Tenei Te Tangata Puhuru huru – Nana nei tiki mai – Whakawhiti te ra”

3) #Twaka #RWC2011 “A upane ka upane – Upane, Kaupane – Whiti te ra”

Rugby World Cup Final here we come
Enjoy the game and Lets go the All Blacks !!!

Cheers

Stuart

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The Twaka has been around for a couple of years now. It started in 2009 during Maori Language week. Since then it has been supporting the All Blacks pre game. For more information you can read about it here.

Semi-finals #Twaka – Lets go the the All Blacks

October 13, 2011

SEMI-FINAL rugby is here, this will be a huge game, but that is why it is called a test match and who else would we want to test ourselves against but Australia. Times like these we need to stand up and show our unconditional support for the All Blacks. The Twaka will be out in force Friday mid-day.

We look forward to seeing you there starting noon Friday 14th of October (NZST) we will post the lead verse of the Haka on Twitter from our @Toreawines account.

Lead Post – #Twaka “Ringa pakia – Uma tiraha – Turi whatia – Hope whai ake – Waewae takahia – kia kino”

Once you see this post everyone joins in with the three Haka verses (three independent tweets)

1) #Twaka #RWC2011 “Ka mate! Ka mate! – Ka ora! Ka ora! – Ka mate! Ka mate! – Ka ora! Ka ora!”

2) #Twaka #RWC2011 “Tenei Te Tangata Puhuru huru – Nana nei tiki mai – Whakawhiti te ra”

3) #Twaka #RWC2011 “A upane ka upane – Upane, Kaupane – Whiti te ra”

Enjoy the game and Lets go the All Blacks !!!

Go the All Blacks !!!

Cheers

Stuart

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The Twaka has been around for a couple of years now. It started in 2009 during Maori Language week. Since then it has been supporting the All Blacks pre game. For more information you can read about it here.

Quarter-finals #Twaka – Lets go the All Blacks

October 6, 2011

This week as we all know is Quarter-finals week for the #RWC2011.

We will see a passionate Argentina team up for the challenge so lets get together again on Friday afternoon to show our support for the All Blacks with the Twaka.

We look forward to seeing you there starting noon Friday 7th of October (NZST) we will post the lead verse of the Haka on Twitter from our @Toreawines account.

Lead Post – #Twaka “Ringa pakia – Uma tiraha – Turi whatia – Hope whai ake – Waewae takahia – kia kino”

Once you see this post everyone joins in with the three Haka verses (three independent tweets)

1) #Twaka #RWC2011 “Ka mate! Ka mate! – Ka ora! Ka ora! – Ka mate! Ka mate! – Ka ora! Ka ora!”

2) #Twaka #RWC2011 “Tenei Te Tangata Puhuru huru – Nana nei tiki mai – Whakawhiti te ra”

3) #Twaka #RWC2011 “A upane ka upane – Upane, Kaupane – Whiti te ra”

Lets get behind Richie, Colin and the team. See you at mid-day on Friday !!

Go the All Blacks !!!

Cheers

Stuart

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The Twaka has been around for a couple of years now. It started in 2009 during Maori Language week. Since then it has been supporting the All Blacks pre game. For more information you can read about it here.

#Twaka – Go the Mighty All Blacks

September 21, 2011

The French are known as one of the most passionate rugby playing nations. Lets show them how passionate Kiwis can be!!

There has been speculation that the French aren’t putting up a full strength team, tell that to Richie and the boys after they have come out from under the first ruck and see what they say! The All Blacks need a great performance to set them up for the knock out stages of the competition so lets get behind them with a rousing #Twaka

Starting Friday 23rd at Midday (NZST) we will post the lead verse of the Haka on Twitter from our @Toreawines account.

Lead Post – #Twaka “Ringa pakia – Uma tiraha – Turi whatia – Hope whai ake – Waewae takahia – kia kino”

Once you see this post everyone joins in with the three Haka verses (three independent tweets)

1) #Twaka #RWC2011 “Ka mate! Ka mate! – Ka ora! Ka ora! – Ka mate! Ka mate! – Ka ora! Ka ora!”

2) #Twaka #RWC2011 “Tenei Te Tangata Puhuru huru – Nana nei tiki mai – Whakawhiti te ra”

3) #Twaka #RWC2011 “A upane ka upane – Upane, Kaupane – Whiti te ra”

See you at noon on Friday !!

Go the All Blacks !!!

Cheers

Stuart

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The Twaka has been around for a couple of years now. It started in 2009 during Maori Language week. Since then it has been supporting the All Blacks pre game. For more information you can read about it here.

The #TwakaPass

September 20, 2011

Catch it and pass it on. With the rugby world cup on and in conjunction with our friends at Elephant Hill Wines in the Hawke’s Bay, we thought it would be interesting to try a #TwakaPass on Twitter and see what happens. All you need to do if you receive the link (ball) – Is catch it and pass it on. Have some fun with it and lets see how many hands it can go through before finals time. It would be great to get people from every playing nation involved.

Pass it on and we hope to see you for the next #Twaka happening mid-day on Friday the 7th of October for the All Blacks quarter final.

Go the All Blacks

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#Twaka – All Blacks vs Japan

September 14, 2011

The Twaka is back for the All Blacks vs Japan game this Friday at noon. The Japanese were impressive against the French in their opening game and they will go all out against the All Blacks. I am sure JK will have a few tricks up his sleeve.

It was awesome support last week for the #Twaka and its great to see so many All Black supporters come together online. Let be Louder this week!!

Starting Friday 16th at Midday (NZST) we will post the lead verse of the Haka on Twitter from our @Toreawines account.

Lead Post – #Twaka “Ringa pakia – Uma tiraha – Turi whatia – Hope whai ake – Waewae takahia – kia kino”

Once you see this post everyone joins in with the three Haka verses (three independent tweets)

1) #Twaka “Ka mate! Ka mate! – Ka ora! Ka ora! – Ka mate! Ka mate! – Ka ora! Ka ora!”

2) #Twaka “Tenei Te Tangata Puhuru huru – Nana nei tiki mai – Whakawhiti te ra”

3) #Twaka “A upane ka upane – Upane, Kaupane – Whiti te ra”

Will be great to see you there !!

Go the All Blacks !!!
Cheers

Stuart

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The Twaka has been around for a couple of years now. It started in 2009 during Maori Language week. Since then it has been supporting the All Blacks pre game. For more information you can read about it here.

Go the All Blacks !!! – 1st RWC Twaka

August 31, 2011

It is not everyday you have the Rugby World Cup on your doorstep.  So this Friday at midday (NZST) lets show our All Blacks – WE SUPPORT THEM !!!  We will be doing a Haka on Twitter, known as the ‘Twaka’ and we hope YOU will join us.

Starting Friday 9th at Midday (NZST) we will post the lead verse of the Haka on Twitter from our @Toreawines account.

Lead Post – #Twaka “Ringa pakia – Uma tiraha – Turi whatia – Hope whai ake – Waewae takahia – kia kino”

Once you see this post everyone joins in with the three Haka verses (three independent tweets)

1) #Twaka “Ka mate! Ka mate! – Ka ora! Ka ora! – Ka mate! Ka mate! – Ka ora! Ka ora!”

2) #Twaka “Tenei Te Tangata Puhuru huru – Nana nei tiki mai – Whakawhiti te ra”

3) #Twaka “A upane ka upane – Upane, Kaupane – Whiti te ra”

It is always inspiring to see supporters from all around the world participate. The All Blacks have a huge challenge ahead of them – So grab a few of your mates and lets show our support this Friday on Twitter.

We have a saying at Torea “Ka whati te tai, Ka pao te Torea” meaning: “As the tide recedes the oystercatcher strikes.”

Go the All Blacks !!!
Cheers

Stuart

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The Twaka has been around for a couple of years now.  It started in 2009 during Maori Language week. Since then it has been supporting the All Blacks pre game.  For more information you can read about it here.

The World Cup Twaka

July 28, 2011

The end of July marks two years to the day that the first Twaka took place. It all started with a handful of tweeters coming together during Maori Language Week in 2009. With participates enjoying it and the All Blacks needing an added boost that season, the Twaka became an opportunity for passionate fans to come together and show our support for the All Blacks.

We all know the Rugby World Cup is just around the corner. So at Torea we want to show the world how passionate we are about our country and our team. Come World Cup time we are going to make some noise and show our support. We need YOU there participating in the TWAKA to make it happen.

So tell your mates what it is all about and we will work out a game plan together.

Cheers for now

Stuart
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Vintage 2011

April 20, 2011

We have just finished picking the last grapes of vintage 2011 and it is a great feeling to have it all tucked away in the winery. There was a lot of talk that we were in for large crops and all the issues that go with that, however that has not been the case on our vineyard. Our yields were just on our long term average and of very high quality. The fruit tasted fantastic on the vine and that has continued in the winery.

There are in fact reports of big crops out there and I guess as with everything else when it comes to buying wine you get what you pay for. Marlborough wines are generally very good value for money anyway but there have been wines appearing on the market that are at prices much lower than we have ever seen Marlborough wines which begs the question should we be concerned about this? Well I believe the answer is it depends! That is if you are producing wine at low price points you are going to find it a little more crowded. If on the other hand your wines are offering brand values and great quality then as long as you continue to deliver you should be okay.

We try to deliver excellent quality in our wines at a good price made from grapes that we grow ourselves, so the consumer can buy with confidence that the next bottle of Torea will be at least as good a quality as their first experience.

To achieve continuity in our wines we ensure we have continuity in the vineyard. As it is our vineyard this is much easier to achieve. Continuity between vintages in the vineyard is all about balance, balanced vines = balanced wines. Our yields were average because our vines are in balance; it is all about attention to detail in the vineyard. Take care of business in the vineyard and you will be rewarded in the bottle on the shelf.

In the wine business you must have your end product, wine as your driver, do that and with sensible business management and the market will reward you. On the other hand if you start with profits as your main driver then you can get caught with over cropped vines, unbalanced wines and ultimately the market will punish you.

While you will have to wait to try the fantastic 2011 wines for yourself, you can try the equally fantastic 2010 wines, which are at, good wine stores or email us for the outlet nearest you.

Cheers for now
Stuart
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