Winemaker, Charles Williams, on the 2017 vintage...

Published: 28/02/2017
Author: Charles Williams, Winemaker
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Winemaker, Charles Williams, on the 2017 vintage...

Published: 28/02/2017
Author: Charles Williams, Winemaker


The past few years have delivered exceptional vintages, leaving one hopefully wondering, if, with the right planning, experience and expertise, the next one can exceed the results of the preceding vintages.


The vintage of 2017 commenced with the successful and gradual bud breaking during early spring, as expected and planned for. The high, record-breaking temperatures and droughts in recent years, however, left some concern regarding the season of 2017. Fortunately, the elevation of our vineyards, 100 - 200 meters above sea level, allow the cooling effect of the South Eastern wind to form a micro-climate perfectly tailored to the production of world class red wines. This, along with the expertise and knowledge of our very capable team and the experience we have gained over the past two decades, prepared us for anything 2017 would bring... Hopefully another remarkable vintage!

We were delighted when spring started off with its promising, mild daytime temperatures and continued this cool climate throughout the growth season, allowing for strong vegetative growth. These favourable temperatures could not be more welcome and helped in restoring the balance of the extreme water restrictions we were preparing ourselves for.

The warm temperatures and droughts over the past few years resulted in considerable reductions in water allocations, reducing the water available for our irrigation on the farm, by 50%. This meant even more meticulous planning from my team, complete with a watering and irrigation strategy to address this challenge. Again, something we have learnt and adapted to over the past few years.

The wine industry experienced some of the biggest and most vigorous fires in years and the drought didn't help with these conditions, causing distraught and damage throughout the South African winelands. We were fortunate enough to not be affected by these devastating events and could continue with the growth and nurturing of our vineyards as planned.

To everyone's great relief the month of December came and revealed a classic 'Cinderella Story', a true fairy tale. The 2017 vintage, veiling a few challenges just a few months before, declared itself as, what could very easily become one of the most phenomenal South African harvests in recent history. Our grapes were in great conditions and showed healthiness and absolutely no signs of any diseases or pests.

In South Africa, the months of December and January is usually known for particularly dry, hot and utterly warm conditions and it is also not uncommon to expect several heatwaves during this period. BUT this year, this was not the case. Although we had little rainfall, the rain on the 15th of January, could not have come at a better time. The temperatures were definitely perceived as well below what is normally expected and therefore very favourable. From 1 September 2016 until 30 January 2017, we only had 15 days where the temperatures rose slightly higher, but this was also not the case for more than two consecutive days at a time this season. Again, very favourable for the vineyards. Another distinct, standout attribute of this vintage has been the cooler evenings, reminding of the brilliant 2015 vintage.

The above mentioned, culminated in vines that are perfectly balanced, restraint and boasting some of the smallest (yes, only in viticulture smaller is better...), most concentrated berries. This leaves us to form our informed opinion that the vintage of 2017 could most possibly be recognised as one of the most exceptional vintages in the future. It could there easily be compared to some of our most successful vintages in the history of De Toren.

By the time you read this article, most of the hard work has been done; harvest has officially begun, in full swing. But, at the time when I was writing this vintage report, we were still patiently listening to nature and to our grapes, to once again unveil the beautiful narrative that is the vintage of 2017...

Look out for my report on the results of the 2017 harvest in the next newsletter.

Until such time, the spectacular 2014 vintage of our De Toren Fusion V and the De Toren Z is available from our online cellar


The Black Lion 2015 and pre-bookings of the Book XVII 2015 is also available from our cellar online


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The Art of Decanting

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The 5th vintage release of The Black Lion Shiraz

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Hot Off The Press

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This month we were honoured to receive superb news from the esteemed and highly reputable USA publisher, Wine Enthusiast Magazine. The craftsmanship invested in each and every step of our winemaking process has truly been rewarded by this most recent nomination. The editors of Wine Enthusiast...

The 2016 Vintage Blend Tasting Results Announced

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Months of meticulous crafting and duteous tweaking were invested in the potential 2016 vintage blends of the renowned De Toren Fusion V and De Toren Z Bordeaux-style wines. The concluding results of these blends, following three rounds of blend tastings, are finally announced…...

The De Toren collection through the eyes of our clients

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To understand the method of ageing wine in barrels, it is important to comprehend the work and science that goes into the selection and preparation of wine barrels before they are filled with wine. This includes the crucial behind the scenes work that goes on in the cellar to make this all...

Exclusive interview with top Dutch sommelier, Koen van der Plas

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In this interview we chat to top Dutch sommelier, Koen van der Plas, better known as the head sommelier of Inter Scaldes, a two star Michelin restaurant in the Netherlands. In this article, Koen shares his passion for travelling, South African wines, exceptional food and wine pairings and his...

South Africa's 2015 vintage of magnitude

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It is beyond any doubt that South Africa yielded a particularly reputable 2015 harvest. The 2015 vintage hails one of the most sensational, if not the greatest vintages yet. A vintage with a reputation that precedes it, destined to deliver some of the most exceptional wines yet. The wines from...

Winemaker Charles, on the protection of our biggest asset

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At De Toren Private Cellar, we pride ourselves on meticulous attention to detail, every step of the way. In this article, Charles shares his approach to protecting the integrity of the vineyards to ensure its long-term sustainability, quality and style of wine. As producers of premium and...



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