Harvest 2018: Simonsig Wine Diaries

Harvest week 5 & 6

Simonsig's cellarmaster, Johan Malan, reports from the Cape:

"Last week was seriously busy and close to fever pitch and suddenly we’re in the doldrums since Monday 19 February. Time to catch our breath, to get the new Chardonnays into barrel and focus on the Pinotages in the red fermenters. We are actually waiting for the Chenin blancs to ripen, but due to the exceptionally dry conditions our aim is to harvest more Chenin at lower levels of ripeness when there is more acidity and freshness. I am pleased to say that the Chenins harvested early are exceptionally fruity which bodes well for the grapes still on the vines." 

Paul Cluver Riesling Affair

Paul Cluver launched two Riesling wines at Auslese in Cape Town this week. Paul introduced the new vintage of Riesling Noble Late Harvest 2017 and their new Paul Cluver Estate Riesling 2017. Cellarmaster, Andries Burger only releases the Noble Late Harvest (NLH) when he is satisfied that it is of the highest standard and quality. This vintage is the first to be released in three years.

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