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... huge waves, taller than the boat to be sprayed out either side.
We soon realise that we do suffer from motion sickness, me more than Kirsty initially. However, I'm holding it in pretty well. That is until a woman in front of us is sick, quickly followed by three people in the aisle to the left of us. This also makes Kirsty worse, so we stare out the right hand side of the boat trying to pretend everyone else being sick isn't there!
Fortunately it isn't long ...
The rest of our stay in Blenheim is best summed up as "tasting galore". Following a run along the river, dealing with the head winds we sought out the cheese, fudge and chocolate tastings ahead of the next days wine tour. Joining the minibus tour from 10 till 5 we managed to take in 7 wineries and around 35 wine samples with a special focus of the morning on Yealands wine estate with a view out to Cape Campbell the northernmost point of ...
... actually produce all of their wine in this way. It can be risky as you don't know what yeast you are using so results are unpredictable. The addition of sulphur prevents wild yeast and bacteria appearing and spoiling your wine.
During my last week I had the opportunity to spend some time working in the lab. The lab is central to the winemaking process from start to finish. Prior to harvest they will test the sugar content ...
... represented. We started at Cloudy Bay, where we quaffed the Cloudy Bay Experience tasting menu and, suitably fortified, then decided to get comfortable and graduate onto the Cloudy Bay Indulgence tasting menu.
It's a wonder we ever left Cloudy Bay winery, but wine tasting is a marathon rather than a sprint so we tottered back to our bikes and rode a short distance to the Allan Scott winery. There we were ambushed by the most effusive employee of just about any organisation ...
... cruiser and headed out to the Mussel farm in Kenpuru Sound. The ride was very pleasant and smooth; and the only other couple on the cruise were Gary and Nancy from Ottawa, Canada. We enjoyed a nice chat and compared NZ travel experiences. Once we made it to the aqua farm we pulled up next to a buoy that is used to suspend a rope down into the water for the muscles grow on. When the mussels have grown large enough their weight pulls the buoy down until it is ...