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HARVEST 2021 COMES TO AN END

HARVEST 2021 COMES TO AN END

“Our harvest began a little later than usual this year, with our Pinot Noir marking the start of the harvest on 29 January.  With the good rain we experienced over the past 3 years we were very excited about what the 2021 harvest would yield.  It was indeed an interesting harvest with day and night time temperatures varying from day to day, and in some cases reaching more than 20°C. This reminded me of the 1997 harvest when we had cool, gentle nights during the harvest period. These conditions have resulted in the grapes not picking up sugar in the manner that we are used to, leading to a lower balance between the sugar and the flavour of the grapes.  It seems 2021 will be the year with lower alcohol wines.  The grapes taken into the cellar were healthy but lighter in weight than we first anticipated, leading to lower yields than in 2020.  We were fortunate to have harvested 95% of the grapes before the rain we received in early March, the most in one go since 2002 (+/- 50mm).  We finished our harvest during the second last week of March with the last of the Mourvèdre.  Now, we are looking forward to nurturing these wines over the next couple of months to portray the individuality of this vintage. As Jack Mann used to say, ‘Nature creates, man only guides.’” –  Jan Coetzee.