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Sadie Family Wines Vintage Report, 2019 Release

Sadie Family Wines Vintage Report, 2019 Release

by Will

As I am writing these notes we are busy planting the post-harvest cover crops and it struck me that apart from the fact that you plant seeds in dry earth with faith that it will rain, it was exactly a year ago we referred to the incredible tough years of drought and we could not see our way through living another harvest as tough as that of 2018… but 2019 was even more extreme. Even though some better rains were recorded in the winter of 2018, the sub-soil reservoirs are empty.

With the 2019 vintage now being in the tanks and casks, the reality is that we have lost an entire year’s production over the past three years, with average production levels being down with 28% - 35%. In other words, apart from having to deal with an economical reality, there is a massive shortage of wine, especially as far as the Old Vine Series is concerned.

As was the case in 2017, the 2018 harvest came in with much lower levels of ripeness and acidity and the more towards the north the vineyard lies, the harsher the effect of the drought. The Clanwilliam Mountains were hit the worst, followed by Piekenierskloof and the Piquetberg respectively. The vineyards in the Paardeberg and Kasteelberg in Riebeek did slightly better in 2018.


The biggest challenge besides the obvious loss in wine and the scales of economy, is not to lose sight of the fact that we still do have grapes to produce wines of consequence - even if we need to say goodbye to 70% of a specific vineyard and 20% of another, we still have the opportunity to bottle these extreme vintages.

Our initial views were that the longevity of these drought-affected vintages will come under fire, but the wines are showing well and are surprisingly stable. We do however feel that it is a good practice to drink the 2018 vintage wines prior to opening, for example, the 2014, 2015 or 2016 vintages.

Eben Sadie
Director, SADIE FAMILY WINES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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