As we have experienced intense heat during the past few weeks, particularly in December, the 2015 MCC harvest started off with a bang on 7 January. This was two weeks earlier than last year, in fact, the earliest ever harvest at Anthonij Rupert Wyne.
The first Chardonnay grapes came from our La Garonne Property, again two weeks earlier than anticipated. This was followed by the Pinot noir. There was subsequent activity from 7-25 January and we have already finished with all our sparkling wine grapes from Darling, Bottelary, Paarl and Elgin. While all this happened, we even witnessed the sunrise on Anthonij Rupert Wyne. This was an awesome experience.
Our Anthonij Rupert team worked together and planned ahead. This enabled us to harvest the MCC grapes at optimal ripeness. The wine analysis bears out this statement. We are now patiently waiting for the last grapes from the Elandskloof area outside Villiersdorp, the latter still being at the veraison stage. These grapes should be received during the middle of February. This affords us time to focus on the fermenting juice as well as all other cellar harvest practices.
To date we are extremely pleased with our base wines which have already fermented dry. We are therefore eagerly anticipating the 2015 vintage.