This year’s harvest commenced on the 25th of January and is predicted to end by the end of March.
A moderate to cool 2020/2021 summer season with good rain during November 2020 provided a good buffer in deeper soils and resulted in optimal shoot growth and foliage. The weather conditions during flowering and fruit set were right, but the cool period during this time resulted in some varieties not setting as full as during the previous season.
However, the number of bunches were ideal and seemed to be looser in general. The cool summer stretch complimented the gradual and ideal increase in sugar with excellent colour production in red grapes and balanced grape analysis in general.
Grape intake, in general, was ideal with some pressure for two weeks when sugars increased after the first short heatwave of temperatures between 36 and 40 degrees this year during the weekend of 27th/28th of February.
Moderate conditions after this weekend assisted in the optimal intake of grapes.