CAPE TOWN – Harvest 2019 has started with great exuberance at TOKARA, the family-owned Stellenbosch wine estate on the crest of the Helshoogte Pass, with relatively cool summer temperatures boding well for a stellar vintage.
The first bounty of the 2019 TOKARA harvest was Chenin blanc, destined to become one of the building blocks of the luxurious Director’s Reserve 10 Year Old Potstill Brandy.
With the TOKARA harvest now well underway, winemaker Stuart Botha is upbeat about the prospects of a fine vintage: “All in all we are very excited about the harvest and look forward to making some great quality wines.”
Despite a cool spring with the exception of a few hot days in October followed by rather mild summer temperatures, the cooler conditions have not delayed the onset of the harvest.
“While it is still early days to make any predictions, the cooler ripening may have a positive effect on our red wines as they may benefit from slower ripening and longer hang time in the vineyards,” says Botha.