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Winemaker Charles, Reminisces Over the Recent 2018 Harvest

Monday, 9 April marks the official closing of the 2018 harvest here at De Toren Private Cellar. This season was once again a marvellous opportunity to observe how complex Mother Nature is in all her workings. In many senses the vintage challenged our understanding of how multifaceted the...

Winemaker Charles's 2018 Vintage Update

With recent years’ exceptional vintages behind us, we prepared ourselves for an interesting 2018 vintage. During the course of this season, I was so thankful for the way we do and have been doing things here at De Toren. Always thinking ahead, planning the necessary strategy to its finest...

South Africa's 2015 vintage of magnitude

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, reminisces over the recent 2017 harvest

As I am writing this 2017 harvest report, my assistant winemaker, Martin, is gently pressing the very last vessel of our Petit Verdot. Harvest 2017 is officially concluded! I always find myself somewhat reminiscent on days like these, emotions similar to enjoying a great glass of wine with best...

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

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...

This Season's Vineyard Management Report

This year's growing season at De Toren started off with a bang. Our budding began in the first week of September with Malbec and Merlot leading the pack and our Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot not far behind. We are nine weeks into our growing season and all the varieties on...