During the winter months, above-average rainfall and sufficient cold units ensured a perfect hibernation period for the vines and a good accumulation of reserves. The winter rains actually continued late into spring, which made disease control a bit of a challenge, and meant that we had to be on top of our game to keep any hint of mildew far from the vineyards.
Springtime was characterised by even budding that led to homogenous shoot growth ¬– which encourages great quality of grapes. November (early summer) brought us a huge thunderstorm, flooding the soil with nitrogen and resulting in heightened vigour of the vines. During this time, we focused on good canopy management to prevent diseases and enhance wine quality through light penetration.
December was cool, but fortunately delivered a few heatwaves to help speed up ripening after such a slow, cool season. The crop volume is now wonderfully balanced and offers great promise of an excellent vintage from the estate.
– Reinhard Odendaal, Winemaker and Viticulturist