Harvest April 14, 2019
This morning from the winery I can see the first of the season’s rain showers coming in off the Indian Ocean, indicating the start of the shift towards the winter weather pattern.
It’s nice to see some rain after a lengthy dry spell and particularly following our last harvest of the season, which was our “Old Block” Cabernet Sauvignon.
The beautiful spell of autumn weather experienced during late March and the first couple of weeks in April provided perfect conditions for ripening and finishing off our Cabernet Sauvignon. We are thrilled with the potential of these wines with bright fruit and fresh acidity supported by fine layered tannins. Our yields were low, at a miserly four tonnes per hectare, however, the benefit of low yields particularly in a cooler, later season is the development of fully ripe flavour and tannin profiles in the fruit.
The 2019 season had its challenges – mainly bird pressure, lateness of the season and some untimely humidity. However, with balanced vines under organic management, combined with the meticulous hard work carried out in the vineyards, the team have produced outstanding wines across all varieties.
The usual suspects of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon look particularly impressive and, the Sparkling Chenin Blanc will be a knockout! Our first crops of Sauvignon Gris and Malbec have underlined the potential of these varieties on our site and will form useful options for blending into the future.
Overall the team are thrilled with the potential of the wines from the 2019 harvest which, possess a lovely balance and harmony reflective of the cooler season.