The harvest certainly started with a bang this year!  It is the earliest we have ever experienced with the whites.  At this stage we are almost finished with the whites with just a little Chardonnay to come in from Elgin next week.  The pace of the harvest has been great, it has had a nice rhythm to it;  with the grapes coming in a steady flow. A few late nights but not too many!

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The quality so far has been fantastic, very healthy grapes, with beautiful balance, flavour and concentration.  We are happy to have secured a few new vineyards of old vine Chenin in the Swartland and look forward to watching their development.

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We also brought in a small amount of Grenache Gris for the first time. Very interesting variety and we will see how it develops.

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On Fable, the reds haven’t really started yet although we have taken in a little for a whole cluster component from an earlier ripening block.  The quality here is looking good, beautiful small bunches and berries.

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We have been putting the kids to work when they come home from school. Nice to see them getting into it the harvest spirit!

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