One thing is for certain, harvest, whatever the conditions, is always hard work! January to March 2018 was undoubtedly the toughest harvest we have ever endured. A number of factors contributed to this, but the main feature was the harsh drought we have been subjected to over the last 12 months. The Western Cape, since 2013, has seen a drastic decline in water availability all over the province. Cape Town has put in some essential measures to try and save 500 million litres a day. For vines, this means they take longer to ripen and risk being completely dried out by the hot sun. But there are some positives to be taken from harvesting with minimal water – Dry Farming! In a nutshell, this is when the farmer decides not to irrigate their crops, and to rely solely on rainfall/rain water. This means the grapes are not flooded by too much water thus enhancing the flavour profile and preserving the colour dramatically. It also means that about 50,000 litres of water per hectare a year is saved. A substantial amount when dealing with something as valuable as water.