Thu 04 Jun 2015

South Africa: Escaping The Bush Fires

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Both Klein Constantia and newcomer Eagles’ Nest had lucky escapes when bush fires struck towards the end of this year’s harvest.

Smoke damage can be as bad, ultimately, if not worse than physical losses but both estates were spared the worst.

Hans Astrom of Klein Constantia

Hans Astrom of Klein Constantia

At Klein Constantia, MD Hans Astrom explained how the band of vineyards on their higher slopes were in the path of the fire but few vines were burned, the fire channelled between blocks and preferring to attack surrounding vegetation. None of the 2015 tank samples I tasted showed even a hint of flavour deviation.

At Eagles’ Nest, which was only established as a vineyard after the last major bushfire swept through the farm in 2000, the ‘silver leaf’ trees planted as part of the reconstruction of the property acted as a natural fire-break and there are now plans to plant more.

Both farms showed a great line-up of wines, more on which to follow in due course!

Jo Locke MW
Society Buyer

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