30 January 2013 - by -
your fingers crossed!
It was exhilarating to find, on coming back from a most relaxing holiday, that
all the promise of the forthcoming harvest has been abundantly realised in the
time I was away. The news is good throughout the Winelands and those in the
know predict that we can expect a harvest which will be the third biggest in
this history of our industry.
this goes two other pieces of good news. The first is that despite the high
volumes, quality is not expected to be adversely affected in any way thanks to
the hard work of our viticulturists over the past few years who have succeeded
in increasing crop size while enhancing quality. The second piece of good news
is that we are very well placed in export markets, because of a global wine
shortage. This is the result of far smaller harvests in many of the major
wine-producing countries across the globe.
However, there is an old saying don’t count your chickens before
they are hatched and farmers in particular who are so dependent on the whims of
Nature know from bitter experience how easily the most optimistic predictions
can come to nought. At the same time there is nothing which says one can’t live
year ended on a high note for us with a final accolade which also re-affirmed
what I always say we want to be: The provider of excellent value at a price
wine lovers can afford. We were told at the end of November that our 2012
Chenin blanc in a 3-litre box was judged the best boxed white wine in the third
annual Spit or Swallow Box Wine Awards. Our Pinotage Merlot Ruby Cabernet
received the award for the best red boxed wine in the inaugural competition in
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