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Kanu Newsletter: April 2014 - What Autumn is made of...
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April arrived and so has autumn. Cosy in my office with 4 doggies around me, I watch as the rain spatters against the window. After a really good warm summer, I must admit that I am excited about the coming winter. Boots, scarves, soups, stews…

... all things warm and luxurious. Big Riedel glasses of fine red wine in front of a fire heath bring back longings for road trips to minute winter towns in the Western Cape. Among those, Greyton is my favourite. Known for its Saturday “home grown market” and picturesque mountains, the ideal town to escape the routine of everyday life.

Every year I make sure to spend a few rainy days in a beautiful cottage, on a farm just outside Greyton village. Flasks, beanies, big winter jackets, red wine and hiking boots are all high on my list of things to pack. With all the gorgeous mountains and fresh air, hiking is a MUST. If you have never done the Boesmanskloof hike, write it on the top of your bucket list; a breath-taking hike that takes you to MacGregor through a plaited trail through the mountains. Steaming cups of hot chocolate awaits your return. Evenings are spend in boutique little restaurants where tables seem to hide around every corner, next to a small crackling fire. I can only imagine that Johan Grimbeek must have had this setting in mind when he made the Kanu GSM and Keystone.

Snapping back to reality, I feel the need to update you on our harvest. Although Johan hoped to be finished with the harvest by the end of March, it seems we have another week to go. Tank space is limited and barrels are already “settled in for the winter”. Most of the wines in the barrel cellar has already gone through natural fermentation, with the Roussane, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot soon to finish. This year’s harvest was a smasher! It has been long since the quality of our grapes has been this good.

But with rain being forecasted more often in the immediate future, I suspect that all winemakers are happy to finish so early this year. This will be a good year for Botrytis. (For those who have no idea what I am talking about when I mention Botrytis, it is a mouldy type of fungi that grows on grapes and thrives in humid conditions. The unique thing about it is that it does not affect much of the flavour of the grape in the sense that it spoils the grape. No, it simply extracts water from the grape, leaving a more concentrated version of the juice behind. That is why we refer to it as Noble Rot.)

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