That the 2021 Cape wine harvest is one of the latest in recent years can be underscored by the fact that as we speak certain South African wineries are still picking their red varieties. As a result, many winemakers will be stuck in their cellars for the Easter week-end managing those fermentations and racking fermented wine into barrel.
Generally, this year’s harvest commenced two-to-three weeks later than the average. The reason being a cool, mild spring, the conditions continuing into summer. This caused the whole vineyard cycle of bud-break, flowering, berry-set and ripening of grapes to slow down. Here in Robertson we could literally count the number of 30°C and warmer days on one hand. And as a result, our Chardonnays are truly showing exceptional quality this year.