2018 Harvest Good Times
8 May 2018
It’s hard to believe that the 2018 wines are already tucked up in barrel as we enjoy the first rains of the Cape autumn. I think there have been a lot of challenges for the year, but all in all this harvest was a wonderful one (we even got the music system set up in the cellar – hallelujah!). There was a fair share of bad luck on my part – a torn distal bicep tendon in my left arm did not seem like an auspicious start to the season on the very first day of the very first pick. I was once again humbled by the support of the people around us who made this harvest a pleasure to deal with. We are extremely lucky to be working with the small community that has grown up around Gabrielskloof cellar where we make the wines.
2018 would not have been possible without the Heyns family, Peter-Allan, Marelise, Donovan, Jamie, Samantha, Elroy, Sharon, Derick, Abdullah, Gift, Shadrack, Hope, Greg, Simon, Graham, Alex, Lucy, Jens, and Franziska. Just beginning to list everyone makes me realise how it takes a village to raise a wine.
In terms of the wine-making conditions in harvest were extremely dry. Effects luckily not yet felt in many of our blocks where diligence ensured that crop levels were not too far down.Quality and concentration were up and we were able to spend enough time in the blocks to ensure that picking was optimal for the year. Ripeness was generally achieved at much lower sugar levels, and slightly later that 2017. We are extremely happy with the quality and expression of our wines this year – below are some moments and memories of what went into it all…