April 2021



Newsletter April 2021

 

Harvest Season 2021 – A Vintage with Two Halves

 

As mentioned last month, our Harvest Season began on the 16th February 2021 – a little later than we had initially anticipated. Summer was relatively short and cooler than usual, but this is not necessarily a negative factor for grape growing.

 

“In the vineyard, the cooler summer allowed us to stay on top of our canopy management with less need for irrigation. The berry sizes are nice and small, keeping the wine concentrated, as is our preferred style.” Viticulturist, Leander Koekemoer

 

After a somewhat shorter summer, autumn arrived quickly and the subsequent days during harvest were cooler than usual, making our harvest period much longer. In fact, we had to pause our harvesting to allow for a few days of heavy rainfall to pass and then wait a little bit longer before we could resume harvesting again.

 

Winemaker Louis Strydom has described this harvest season as “A Vintage with two halves” as it felt like two separate harvest periods. “80mm of rainfall on the 10th and 11th March brought the harvest to a screeching halt for two weeks. However, we were able to proceed once the weather had settled and we are happy with what we are tasting in the cellar.”

 

We are looking very forward to reaping the rewards of this harvest season especially, because it will forever be memorable to us as the first season in our new cellar. We’re experimenting with a few different techniques this year by making use of our amphorae and concrete tanks, which will give us a slower, more even fermentation. For now, we let the wines rest and we look forward to tasting them once they have undergone their maturation process.

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Ernie Els Wines