It ain't half hot Mum. And it's certainly not every year that we get over 30C at the beginning of November. For winemakers, this is a good thing. For pastoral farmers, vineyard workers and those who wear formal attire to work; not so much.

The vineyard is looking pretty smart (if I do say so myself), with shoot growth bolting away in this warm weather and the grass desperately trying to keep up despite the attentions of my trusty mower. The first tucking wire is up on the Albarino and Syrah blocks as they tend to grow like there's no tomorrow, but the more sedate pace of the Merlot and Cabernet Franc means we have a week to get on top of them before they start looking like a Phyllis Diller hair-do. For those who don't know who she is, Google her, she's a hoot.

With Christmas coming at us like an open side flanker in Yokohama Stadium, it must be time to stock up for the annual summer get together to ensure everyone is catered for. Or at least those with civilised tastes. So we've lopped 10-20% off our usual pricing to help with the financial pressures at this time of year and keep the accountant happy. Yours, not mine.

New release for this offer is the 2019 Rose, literally coming off the labelling line as we speak. It's another fine example of our dry, food-friendly and pale coloured style, but be aware that it has 14% alcohol and is best consumed with food unless you're aiming for a nap afterwards. We are very light on volume of the Basket Press Merlot/Franc 2016, so I've added the 2018 to the list in case we run out. FYI - didn't make a 2017 as we didn't think the vintage measured up. The rest of the offer are all 4 or 5 star wines, so don't just take my word for the quality

As usual, this link to our web orders page should work (he said hopefully) www/redmetalvineyards.co.nz/orders or just type it in. Have a great festive season. Eat well, drink well and above all, relax.

Grant and the Edmonds family

PS - Don't forget the Bridge Pa Triangle Wine Festival on January 18th. Tickets on Eventfinda.

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