A wet winter and warm summer. Humidity threatened rot during the harvest, but producers with the strongest nerve successfully waited for dryer conditions. Reds are particularly promising.
Below average yields, but good quality fruit thanks to a dry, easy harvest period.
Drought, resulting in reduced yields and particular concentration in reds. Not an auspicious vintage.
Cool and dry in spring until a very wet November. December was dry again, and warm too, allowing for good late ripening. Mildew was a problem in many areas, so quality is variable.
Universal acclaim across all varieties.
Lighter than average wines, thanks to an especially cool growing season. Not an easy vintage, but the slow ripening process led to elegant examples from the best producers.
Ripe and rich, favouring Rhône varieties in particular. For a more detailed breakdown of 2007 in South Africa, click here.
Started coolly, meaning small berries with thick skins that led to great concentration. A strong vintage.
Undistinguished, with reds slightly more favoured than whites.
Cooler conditions than the norm, making for more restrained styles in both reds and whites.
Temperatures several degrees below the average, with the best results coming from the earlier ripening varieties.
Rain in abundance, leading to plentiful rot. Not a good vintage.
Continued the run of hot vintages, and produced a very small harvest of concentrated reds. Tannins were generally softer than in 2000.
The third hot year in a row. Whites were unimpressive, but reds were powerful and concentrated, with high tannic structure.