It’s official. The brutal summer drought has taken its toll. The South African wine harvest is set to be the smallest in five years, but thankfully, the quality is expected to be good. According to SA producer organisation VinPro, Stellenbosch, Paarl and Swartland were hit the worst. Production here in Robertson was higher, thankfully, since our winter rainfall was better. On the positive side, the heat restricted growth in the berries, leading to more compact bunches, which in turn concentrated colour and flavour. Read the full report, published on Decanter.com here.