Question: How did the 2018 vintage work out for South Africa wines?
Answer: Yes there was quite an extended water drought from the end of 2017 right into early 2018 before the cooler harvest. Conditions varied from region to region. Generally smaller resulting wine grapes were helpful for the quality of the wine. This came on top of some frost reducing the size of the crop especially around Northern Cape, Robertson, and Worcester. The overall result was a total crop estimated to be down roughly 15% from the quite impressive 2017s. However, though variable it worked out OK for 2018 too.
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