South Africa 1993: Drink now

A small and disappointing vintage

Weather Conditions

An unmemorable, average year, in weather and yields; many producers reported “so-so fruit”; – and life-expectancy. A vintage quickly overshadowed by its big, powerful successor 1994.

Best Appellations

Stellenbosch, Klein Constantia, Paarl, Durbanville.
(Drink most now, a few (especially Cabernets) may be kept for another 2-3 years).

Best Producers

Stellenbosch: Rust en Vrede (Estate blend & Cab.Shiraz); Grangehurst (Cab.Merlot); Thelema ( Cab. & Merlot); Jordan (Cab.); Meerlust (Bordeaux blend Rubicon); Kanonkop (Bordeaux blend, Paul Sauer & Cab. & Pinotage); Saxenburg PC (Shiraz); Blaauklippen (Shiraz); Yonder Hill (Merlot).

Constantia: Klein Constantia (Cab.S Res); Buitenverwachting (Bordeaux blend, Chrstine).

Durbanville: Diemersdal (Pinotage).

Paarl: KWV Cathedral Cellar * (Cab.) ; Backsberg (Shiraz); Fairview (Shiraz, Merlot Res.).