Red South Africa

Red South Africa

Ataraxia

2008 vintage guide for Red South Africa

Weather Conditions Almost twice-normal rainfall introduced a long, cold winter: of ‘biblical proportions’ in Constantia, though Klein Karoo was much drier. Root growth was sluggish and budburst up to two…

510

2007 vintage guide for Red South Africa

Weather Conditions A fine start to the season: a cold winter put the vines into proper, restful dormancy while a cool, wet spring with soft, soaking rains replenished ground water…

Hermanus-Estate-South-Africa

2006 vintage guide for Red South Africa

Weather Conditions Forecasts of a bumper harvest were unfounded, though it still came in 6% up on 2005. Early-summer winds (gale force in Western Cape) and heat waves late February…

JeffordSA

2005 vintage guide for Red South Africa

Weather Conditions Many reports point to the see-saw weather conditions, especially in the weeks running up to the harvest. In Stellenbosch, South Africa’s main wine region, warm and dry weather…

jeffordzelda

2004 vintage guide for Red South Africa

Weather Conditions A generally cooler and drier winter than normal – Paarl experienced less than half the normal rainfall – however this did not affect the ripening process to a…

Ataraxia

2003 vintage guide for Red South Africa

Weather Conditions Despite obvious regional variation, the 2003 harvest was generally long and slow. A chilly spring in most regions saw delayed budding and slow shoot growth, at least in…

2002 vintage guide for Red South Africa

2002 vintage guide for Red South Africa

Weather Conditions High humidity conspired with mild early/mid-season conditions to turn the first cool year since 1997 into an incubator for widespread mildew and rot. A late-February heatwave provided some…

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2001 vintage guide for Red South Africa

Weather Conditions The fourth consecutive very hot vintage, one of the driest on record, and, at just 760 million litres, the smallest since 1987. Compact, ripe, healthy berries yielded vigorous…

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2000 vintage guide for Red South Africa

Weather Conditions The third consecutive very hot vintage. (For a number of producers, literally and spectacularly hot: huge mountain fires singed vineyards around the Simonsberg in Stellenbosch region, just before…

JeffordSA

1999 vintage guide for Red South Africa

Weather Conditions An inauspicious start, with relatively warm winter, with early budding, but a cool snap during flowering cut yields in some varieties – notably pinotage – to concentrate fruit…

jeffordzelda

1998 vintage guide for Red South Africa

Weather Conditions After localized frosts, a hot, dry season and heat-waves at start of harvest in January; a short season, with low yields but healthy grapes. Big, booming, flavoursome reds,…

Ataraxia

1997 vintage guide for Red South Africa

Weather Conditions Among the longest ever seasons – harvesting continued into April-May in the experience of winemakers; also among the coolest, including some mid-season showers, with long hang-times lengthening ripening.…

510

1996 vintage guide for Red South Africa

Weather Conditions An unusually cool season, interspersed with showers, ending with record yields and, generally, a dip in fruit quality, specially for reds harvested mid- to late-season, such as Cabernet.…

Hermanus-Estate-South-Africa

1995 vintage guide for Red South Africa

Weather Conditions The second successive hot and dry year, with low yields and small berries for dense, chunky fruit and often grunty alcohols, good for keeping; generally friendlier tannins than…

JeffordSA

1994 vintage guide for Red South Africa

Weather Conditions Among the hottest, driest, shortest vintages of recent times; much lower yields and generally concentrated fruit. But the heat waves rushed the ripening and growers were often forced…

jeffordzelda

1993 vintage guide for Red South Africa

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…

Ataraxia

1992 vintage guide for Red South Africa

Weather Conditions Dry, cool start to the season, then some showers (requiring more than usual sprays against mildew) prefacing a typically warm Cape summer – for good, rich red wines.…

510

1991 vintage guide for Red South Africa

Weather Conditions Good wet and cold winter, an ideal dry, warm but not too hot Cape summer in coastal regions, yielding concentrated, ripe fruit (at least in relatively virus-free vineyards);…

JeffordSA

1990 vintage guide for Red South Africa

Weather Conditions An uneven spring, with alternating periods of fresh winds and hot spells causing patchy budding in some areas. The pattern continued into summer, affecting white varieties but most…