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A spotlight on this year’s harvest

1 May, 2023

As the autumn leaves begin to fall and the cellar quietens down, we sat with our winemaker Matthew Day and farm manager Craig Harris to reflect on the harvest season for 2023.

2023 marks the longest harvest we have had here at Klein Constantia – starting on the 18th of January and finishing on the 18th of April. It was also one of the earliest with grapes coming in almost 2 weeks prior to normal. The season was divided into 2, before and post the rain. Fortunately, the majority of the fruit ripens quickly and we could harvest most of the white cultivars before the rain came. With high acid levels, with lower pHs and alcohol than normal – the quality of the grapes was fantastic, allowing us to be more liberal with our approach to winemaking and move more away from traditional winemaking methods. The first crop of Muscat de Frontignan for Vin de Constance came in ahead of time due to the favourable conditions of the bush vines. We had a very wet March which delayed harvest drastically. Thankfully after some patience, the remaining grapes achieved their sugars and were harvested in great conditions.
This was our highest crop in 6 years and our second highest Muscat crop ever! The total tonnage harvested by our team was 501t, which equates to 30,408 crates hand harvested by an average team of 28 pickers!


Harvest 2021 in review

9 May, 2021
“Harvest 2021 turned out to be surprisingly challenging, but it’s a harvest that yielded amazing results across the board” – Matthew Day, Winemaker.
Recently we wrapped up our harvest for 2021 at both Klein Constantia and Anwilka, our sister farm in Stellenbosch. And what an unexpected one it was!
With some late storms during the flowering season, a cold & wet build up to harvest – the season at Klein Constantia was off to a much later start than usual. In fact, it was the latest harvest we have experienced in over a decade! A milestone was reached this year – with all of our fermentations being 100% wild! By reducing our sulphur usage and only adding organic nutrients when needed, we are able to showcase terroir driven wines, highlighting our unique Klein Constantia style. A quality vintage that looks to produce some amazing wines.
Over at Anwilka in the prime Helderberg region of Stellenbosch, they too were off to a slow and unpredictable start. Despite the irregular ripening, they experienced a ‘textbook’ season. With the Syrah looking promising for the Anwilka blend, 2021 is looking to be the vintage to look out for.
To view our annual harvest video, click below: