JOURNAL EXCEPTIONAL

Innovation & Sustainability

The reason behind sowing cover crop in winter

1 Jun 2016 | BY Alexandra McFarlane

Mother Nature took pity on us this year when she decided to bless us with solid soaking of rain in the third week of April. The heavens opened on the 22nd of April and, cumulatively over two days, dropped a glorious 48 mm of rain on our thirsty vineyards. In comparison to what little rain […]

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Innovation & Sustainability

Crafting Wine With Delicate Hands On Technique

7 Mar 2016 | BY Adele Schultz

The process of fermentation converts grape juice into an alcoholic medium called “must”, while at the same time extracting colour pigments and tannins from the skins. Once the wine has completed fermentation, the winemaker will separate the free run juice from the skins. Just as a saturated sponge will retain water until lightly squeezed, the […]

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Innovation & Sustainability

Achieving Greatness with Sacrifice

7 Mar 2016 | BY Adele Schultz

Mother Nature has shown us very little mercy for the 2015/2016 growing season. We experienced some unseasonably warm temperatures in January which kept us on our toes in terms of how we manage our precious vineyards at De Toren. Not only have we had the heat to contend with but we are faced with looming […]

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Innovation & Sustainability

This Season’s Vineyard Management Report

7 Mar 2016 | BY Adele Schultz

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 the farm […]

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