Winemaker Abe Beukes is upbeat about his plans for the upcoming season and is on top of various initiatives to ensure optimum water use and quality grapes from our vineyards.
“As promised in the previous newsletter we started with a long term plan to save water in our vineyards. We fully covered the soil in our first block with straw and will continue with the process annually after harvest until all the vineyards are done.
This will result in less sun on the soil and less evaporation of soil water. The lower soil temperatures are also better for microbial life and creatures like earthworms. The deterioration of the straw will improve the carbon content of the soil and this means better water retention.
It is a very expensive exercise but it will have a positive impact on quality and saving water in the longer term.”
“I am really looking forward to our new plantings! We have taken out the old block of Merlot and done a soil analysis. The plan is to replant that with Cabernet Sauvignon and Tannat in 2018. This old Mediterranean cultivar is producing good wines in South African vineyards and is known for good colour, acidity and tannin structure. We plan to use it in our Inanda and Nicola blends.”
“In the cellar we are busy racking our 2016 reds from the barrels to prepare them for bottling later this year.”
It looks like it’s a busy time coming up for both vineyard and cellar teams.