The purpose of this Harvest report is to give our readers some idea of the climatic conditions prevailing in the 2015 season and clarify matters by a summary of crops and vintage as from January 2015.
The season of 2015 can be characterized by considerable climatic fluctuations. At first it appeared that there would be a larger crop earlier in the season, but because of windy conditions during flowering and fruit set, it resulted in looser bunches. The subsequent warmer weather during harvest also contributed to a smaller crop, the latter being the result of berry shriveling in most late cultivars. Fortunately it was a healthy, positive year with no significant outbreaks of diseases or insect pests. Read more