Quote: Chris Keet, owner and cellarmaster:
” As a winemaker, seeing the last case of a vintage leave the cellar doors I am often fraught with mixed emotions. Faint shadows of sadness when closing the chapter on a vintage; the thrill of uncorking a new vintage, the anxiety of facing pallets needing to be introduced and accepted by the market, and undoubtedly the sense of anticipation and excitement a new vintage brings”.
The severe drought conditions the Western Cape recently experienced had many outcomes – And not all were negative. The innate ability of mankind to face adversity with courage, determination and a sense of unity is one that always triumphs in challenging situations.
The drought, challenging water restrictions and growing uncertainty in agricultural circles provided an opportunity for creativity, innovation and a new respect for the power of nature. This was particularly evident in the wine industry and wines produced during this time will forever be appreciated for their complexity, tenacity and depth of flavour.