“Drought, water and prayers!” These words pretty much sum up the lead up to the 2018 harvest season.
In all my years I have never experienced a drought like this. Working with water has now become like working with gold.
We at Anthonij Rupert Wyne are striving to be at the forefront of innovation in saving water and also looking after our community. We have put up 10 000 L tanks at all the schools in the Franschhoek area to ensure that all learners have clean drinking water on a daily basis.
The 2018 harvest started 2 weeks later than 2017. The white varietals are considerably down in volume versus last year’s tonnage, but the red varietals are more or less the same as in 2017. Our grapes from the Franschhoek properties look promising compared to 2017 but our Swartland Riebeeksrivier and Rooderust properties are considerably down in volume versus last year.
The worst vineyards affected by the drought are our old vineyards from Van Lill and Visser Chenin and the Laing Semillon. There was virtually no crop on these vineyards at all, which is surprising given the usual resilience of old vineyards to periods of drought and changes in climate.
A huge positive from the 2018 harvest is that the grapes were very healthy and small thus giving us incredible flavours and colour in the red varietals. The wines made thus far are very promising and we look forward to bottling some of our Protea wines as early as March due to popular demand.
Amongst projects happening on our property at present is the completion of our new red wine cellar which we began using at the end of January 2018. This facility boasts the inclusion of 27 “Nico Velo” concrete tanks for the making of our Riebeeksrivier wines. This cellar, named “Cape of Good Hope”, is a fantastic facility and the wines Vernon van der Hoven has produced thus far is really showing superb qualities.
The use of these concrete tanks also provides us with huge blending possibilities.
We hope to be welcoming many visitors to our Estate in 2018 to enjoy our wonderful wines!