Season overview and expectations

The 2015 season can be characterized by considerable climatic fluctuations.


After a very short, cold winter in 2014, enough cold units were accumulated for even budding. Budding occurred about a week and half earlier than usual, because of the warm August weather.  The growing season was windy, and flowering was uneven, the latter resulting in uneven ripening.  Late spring and early summer were essentially warm and dry months, which accelerated ripening.  As a result of the heat the early cultivars ripened about two weeks earlier than usual.


Although there is a slight decrease in the crop size from last year, the early cultivars, especially Chardonnay and Pinot noir, exceeded yield expectations and are 15 - 25% more than last year.


As the weather has been continuously warm and dry, it is expected that several cultivars will ripen simultaneously, which will put tremendous pressure on the cellars.


It is extremely difficult do make harvest predictions due to the constant fluctuations in weather conditions. Grape analysis varies substantially and at times acids decreases rapidly while sugar content increases just as quickly.


The winemakers can look forward to big, bold wines with intense colour and aromas especially in the case of red wine.


Author: Gerhard Olivier


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