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Harvest Report 2017

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We had a chat with our cellar master/winemaker/viticulturist, Magnus Kriel about this year’s harvest season:

 

What was the total tonnages harvested for 2017?

15303 tons

What was the average tonnages per day?

400 – 600t/day

Percentage red and white grapes?

± 40% red and 60% white

How does this year’s harvest totals compare to those of 2016?

The crop is almost 12% lower than the vintage of 2016,  more or less 2000 tons down.

What do you think is the reason for this?

Mostly due to “Black Frost” that we experienced during middle October 2016.

How does the white and red tonnage differ from last year?

Percentage wise it is more or less the same, no significant differences. However the white grapes were more affected by the frost, luckily we had some new plantings coming in.

Did the drought affect Merwida’s harvest?

It was very dry yes, but the days were not as hot as in 2016 so we managed to irrigate all our vineyards right to the end of harvest. Drought played a minor role I would say, although some farms and some blocks were affected more than others where the full irrigation cycle per week was cut into half due to low water levels in certain dams. We could still manage to bring in our crop at desirable sugar levels though. 

Merwida had a very good year in 2016 regarding awards. Do you think this year’s harvest is of the same quality, and which wines are standing out for you?

Personally I feel that 2017 is better than 2016. The analysis of the grapes, juice and wine is a big improvement from last year. The early 2017 varietals, like the Sauvignon Blanc and the Chenin Blanc, looks very promising. It is still early days but the reds also looks really nice. It has exceptional colour and the intensity of all the flavours true to varietal character is also outstanding.

What is your overall experience of the 2017 harvest and your predictions for the 2018 harvest?

All and all it was satisfactory enough. The structural upgrades we did in the winery worked really well during the harvest. It was a very quick harvest with the lack of tonnage, but I would say one of the best ones quality wise. I hope that in 2018 the vineyards that were affected by the black frost would recover and be back to normal..

 

2016 Harvest Report

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We had a chat with our cellar master/winemaker/viticulturist, Magnus Kriel about this year’s harvest season:

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What was the total tonnages harvested for 2016?

17365 tons

What was the average tonnages per day?

395 t/day

Percentage red and white grapes?

32% red and 68% white

How does this year’s harvest totals compare to those of 2015?

The crop is almost 16% higher than the vintage of 2015,  2400 tons more.

What do you think is the reason for this?

Mostly due to new plantings coming in to bear. Also we had a terrible Colombar season in 2015 and alone on Colombar we picked 1000 tons more this year, this variety is actually back to normal now and contribute to almost 20% of the total production.

How does the white and red tonnages differ from last year?

Percentage wise it is more or less the same, no significant differences.

Were there any new cultivars harvested this year? If so, how did they perform and are you excited about the outcome?

No new ones, just a couple of cultivars only this year in full production and are showing some real potential, for example the Petit Shyrah.

Did the drought affect Merwida’s harvest?

We managed to irrigate all our vineyards right to the end of harvest. I would say the unknown continuous heat affected the flavours a lot more than in 2015. Drought played a minor role, although some farms and some blocks were affected more than others where the full irrigation cycle per week was cut into half due to low water levels in dams.

Merwida had a very good year in 2015 regarding awards. Do you think this year’s harvest is of the same quality, and which wines are standing out for you?

Personally I feel that 2015 was much better than 2016. The early 2016 varietals, like the Sauvignon blanc, first Chenin’s and Chardonnay looks promising as well as the reds, but the gross white looks pretty average. It was also a tough year in terms of vinification and the chemical composition of the grapes due to the abnormal weather phenomena – it really put our winemaking knowledge to the test.

What is your overall experience of the 2016 harvest and your predictions for the 2017 harvest?

All and all it was satisfactory enough. I have absolutely no idea what to expect for 2017! Only the weather conditions that lies ahead and time will tell…

For our 2015 harvest report, click here