The arrival of the South African summer was delayed this year, which meant that picking at Lutzville started later than usual. There was extremely cool weather until mid January, when there was a massive heat wave. Since then the temperature has cooled down, allowing the grapes to mature.
The Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc grapes were harvested first. Everyone at the winery is very excited about the standard of this vintage and has high hopes for the Sauvignon Blanc 2012 after the 2010 vintage achieved a place in the FNB Top 10 Sauvignon Blancs in South Africa. The Chardonnay in particular is looking good with Kenneth, Lutzville’s Chardonnay winemaker, revelling at the prospect of getting his hands on these prime bunches!
The Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes were picked at the end of April. The grapes were gently pressed and are now settling in tanks and undergoing oak maturation. The quality is looking fantastic!
Overall 2012 was one of the longest vintages on record for Lutzville – they started picking the Chenin in February and finished with the reds at the end of last month.
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