In 2017, South Africa’s volume remains stable with 10.8 mhl, compared to 10.5 mhl in 2016. Very good potential quality across the Western Cape can be reported. The drought offered as a result a great concentration of color & flavor.
However, 2018 growing season seems challenging for South Africa’s winemakers, as the Western Cape continues to suffer from a chronic drought and will have an impact of the grape growing/volume.
The production in Australia increased by 6% compared to 2016 for the third year in a row, representing 13.9 mhl. According to Matt Smith (Bibendum Buyer):
“The 2017 vintage can broadly be summarized as a late harvest following a long cooler ripening period. This has led to wines of great finesse and quality. Whites are bright and lively with great elegance whilst reds are pure, fresh fruited and show huge potential.”
New Zealand experienced a cool growing season, positive summer weather later followed by some challenges like wet weather before harvest, with some areas of exception.
Even if a decrease of 9% for the production with 2.9 mhl has been recorded, vintage quality is positive.
For example, high flavor concentration and great acidity can be noticed for grapes which were picked up early, especially for Chardonnay & Pinot Noir from Marlborough.