Simonsig heads into harvest 2020 in conditions described as the best in the past five years. Although these are early days yet, since harvesting of Simonsig’s grapes began on 20 January, winemaker Michael Malan says even-ripening and healthy grape bunches are what he and the harvest teams are seeing at the moment.
“As with most of the Stellenbosch region, Simonsig vineyards experienced a cold winter and a truly wonderful cool, mild growing season since the vines began flowering in September,” he says. “There were no sudden spikes in temperature during October and November, critical months for berry development, with the gorgeous temperate weather continuing. Showers in October contributed to better flowering and berry-set. The splash of rain at Christmas time was an added bonus, being just enough to provide refreshment to the ripening bunches and to cool and moisten the soils.”