South Africa - 2014 Vintage

Stellenbosch wine country, and grape pickingIn general the quality is very high and exceptional in coastal regions, with the total harvest being approximately 2.6% smaller than the record harvest in 2013. The moderate climate conditions during the harvest season contributed to intense colour, exceptional flavour and good structure in the red varieties. White wines are particularly fruity and tropical, with fresh characteristics.

The 2014 Vintage

A very good cold and wet winter filled water supplies to capacity, ensuring even bud burst. After a cool winter and spring, the climate was favourable for flowering thereafter, and good berry set was obtained. Ideal dry, moderate conditions reigned during ripening in January and mid-February, after which a warm period accelerated ripening and resulted in great pressure on intakes in some areas.

Region by region

Malmesbury Higher yield of remarkable quality due to good soil moisture conditions in this mainly dryland area. Paarl An exceptional year, with much higher yields – especially in dryland areas – and the promise of very high quality wines. Robertson – A late and challenging year, with good quality and average production. Stellenbosch One of the wettest seasons in years has coincided with an outstanding harvest with regard to crop size and quality. Worcester Despite a very challenging season, above average yields were obtained, with exceptional Chenin Blanc quality.

Great for quality and value

Pricing is flat on last year. Bulk pricing is currently very sharp and coupled with the weak SA rand South Africa is currently one of the best places to buy wine from for quality and value. 

For further information on the South African vintage or if you are interested in listing any South African wines, please contact us.

6th August 2014

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