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Abe shares some of his thoughts about the vintage. “2016 will be remembered as a very difficult year which was a test of the abilities of winemakers and viticulturists. In general it was a dry year with the lowest annual rain fall in more than a century. The harvest was therefore up to 40% smaller in certain areas and the chemical make-up of the grapes was quite abnormal with low acids and high pH’s.”
However, in spite of the challenges elsewhere, at Yonder Hill the harvest went reasonably well, and the young vineyards performed optimally which led to the farm harvesting the same volume as in the past. The quality is high at the moment, but watch this space for more feedback as the wines age.
Abe continues with some comments about the wines currently in the cellar. “The 2014 wines are starting to look well in the bottle with good fruit and elegance. The 2015 wines are in barrel and are starting to show their characteristics. I feel that this will be a vintage to invest in for the future. The wines are dark and complex with excellent concentration and mouth feel, “he says.
HARVEST 2015 ROUND-UP
Winemaker Abé Beukes shares the general feedback about the incredibly early 2015 harvest! He explains: “This was the earliest harvest of my winemaking career and in the last 57 years, according to the people with the white coats. At Yonder Hill we started on 30 January with Merlot, a full two weeks before the 2014 vintage. The wine industry is reporting a smaller crop, but thanks to our new plantings in 2010 we have a 3% bigger crop than last year.”
According to Abé the quality is excellent. “The grapes were healthy and the wines look promising with deep colour, good body and structure. The Y- Sauvignon blanc was selected from the Darling region and the 2015 will hit the market very soon. It shows typical flavours and a good balance of acid and alcohol. The 2014 red wines are reaching maturity in the barrels and will be botteled later this winter.”
Abé is back on the slopes of Helderberg where he started his wine making career 30 years ago. After working in cellars like Kanonkop, Eikendal, Simonsig, Lievland and Darling Cellars, he gained valuable experience in the fields of wine making, viticulture, marketing and management.
Abé recently changed to wine making-consultant and is responsible for the creation of the Yonder Hill wines.
“ I believe in the holistic picture and see every vintage as a new challenge to humbly enjoy my wine making passion.”
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