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Cool growing season produces exciting red and white wines - compiled by SAWIS (PDF file)
A challenging year with spots of excellence
The Cape�s regional diversity shows as harvest is over in some spots, while others still put pickers through their paces. Kim Maxwell asks about quality in Durbanville, Stellenbosch,Vredendal, Elgin, Robertson and Paarl.
The 2007 wine grape harvest, in full swing at the moment, should be completed earlier than the norm, which means the SA wines will be the first of the 2007 vintage to hit Europe for summer.
Soaring temperatures during the week of January 22nd brought early harvest activity in the Stellenbosch area, although other regions are mostly sitting tight for still wines. Then temperatures cooled dramatically on Monday January 29th, with a light drizzle or grey clouds draping much of the Boland. This week�s outlook suggests temperatures should rise into the mid-thirties, reports Kim Maxwell.
While much of the Western Cape�s cellars are past the halfway mark, Kim Maxwell wondered how vines are progressing in less usual locations, and discovered submarine oenology en route.
As night beams are regularly recharged in Tulbagh, cooler February temperatures have brough relief in some parts of Darling, reports Kim Maxwell.
The Cape's 2007 harvest fizzes with plenty of bubbly base wines in the making, the bulk of the picking in Robertson. Kim Maxwell reports on what appears to be a healthy vintage.
The 2007 wine grape harvest is estimated at 1,335,050 ton according to the industry�s estimate from producer cellars and viticulturists as at 24 November 2006. This is 2,8 per cent more than the 2006 grape harvest.
Wine barrel cargo from a damaged container ship lands local producers and suppliers in trouble, while temperatures speed up harvest action, reports Kim Maxwell.