For the past three years, the Western Cape has suffered from a severe drought and the agriculture sector especially felt the pinch.
Klawer Wine Cellar in the Namaqua West Coast also had to face the conditions and it reflected in this year’s harvest. Although the vineyards suffered from less water because of the heavily enforced water restrictions, Klawer Wines still managed to release a fine range of 2018 wines. The winemakers used innovative technology and new ideas to produce the best wines possible. Klawer Wine Cellar is proud to be the first cellar in the Olifants River region with a 2018 wine range on the shelves.
The little rainfall had a big impact on the amount of grapes harvested from the vineyards. Grape farmers were forced to cut a large amount of water they would usually give to the vineyards this time of year. This is a true blessing that Klawer Wines still managed to produce such fine wine this season. Farmers were innovative and committed to hard work. This is just another reason why the 2018 harvest is so unique.
Their older vineyards did not disappoint and delivered a great amount of grapes for the winemaking process. While this summer’s temperatures rose to extreme heat waves, Kapel and Karoovlakte did an astonishing job with the amount of grapes they produced, despite the dire conditions.
Klawer Wines produced an amazing 2018 Chenin and Sauvignon Blanc. The Sauvignon Blanc has ripe tropical flavours that has a grassy undertone. The unique fine taste will excite your palate and taste buds. The Chenin Blanc on the other hand has the fresh flavour of honey and pineapple and aromas of melon.
These wines were bottled in March and Klawer Wine Cellar is very positive about these wines. Most of the grapes used in creating this perfect wine originated in Trawal. They believe that despite of the drought, the wine will still be a hit and the public should not expect less of the 2018 wine range.
The red cultivars had a beautiful colour and wine makers were really impressed with how the wines turned out. Klawer Cellar also released their 2018 Villa Esposto Pinotage Rosé. In 2017 this wine won a double gold at the Rose Rocks competition and they believe this wine will also be a force to reckon with this year. Roelof van Schalkwyk, maker of this fine wine, is really impressed with the astonishing light pink colour shade of the Pinotage Rosé.
Klawer Wine Cellar is conveniently situated on the N7 Cape Namibia route, just outside Klawer. They are well known for their true West Coast hospitality and invite you to come for a complimentary tasting while enjoying the fresh Matzikama air. While you are there, you can sample their wide variety of wines and perhaps buy a bottle or two to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. Impress your friends with a bottle of Villa Esposto wine or a brand new 2018 wine from the Klawer Wine range.
For more information, visit Klawer Wine Cellar’s website www.klawerwine.co.za or take a look at their social media profiles on Facebook @KlawerWynkelder/KlawerWines, Twitter @klawerwyn or Instagram @klawerwyn.