South Africa

2013 

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.

2012 

Below average yields, but good quality fruit thanks to a dry, easy harvest period.

2011 

Drought, resulting in reduced yields and particular concentration in reds. Not an auspicious vintage.

2010 

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.

2009 

Universal acclaim across all varieties.

2008 

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.

2007 

Ripe and rich, favouring Rhône varieties in particular. For a more detailed breakdown of 2007 in South Africa, click here.

2006 

Started coolly, meaning small berries with thick skins that led to great concentration. A strong vintage.

2005 

Undistinguished, with reds slightly more favoured than whites.

2004 

Cooler conditions than the norm, making for more restrained styles in both reds and whites.

2003 

Temperatures several degrees below the average, with the best results coming from the earlier ripening varieties.

2002 

Rain in abundance, leading to plentiful rot. Not a good vintage.

2001 

Continued the run of hot vintages, and produced a very small harvest of concentrated reds. Tannins were generally softer than in 2000. 

2000 

The third hot year in a row. Whites were unimpressive, but reds were powerful and concentrated, with high tannic structure.