Graham Beck Wines Harvest 2012 – News I

This is the first bit of news from the ‘dream team’ in Robertson. Most of you know by now that harvest 2012 started on Thursday 12th January. It is approximately a week later than last year. Very challenging weather that we have experience since we have started – but we do love challenges! More than ever, we believe in 2012 will be a great year for the quality of our base wines which proudly make our finest range of Cap Classique’s.

This year we have two young aspirant winemakers in the making: Carel van der Merwe from Elsenburg and Jaco van der Watt, previous harvest at Cederberg and we are very fortunate to have Julie Breuzon all the way from Champagne – “Our secret weapon” (left in picture). She currently works for Champagne Piaff. Julie will be here only for the base wine harvesting and then goes back to Champagne. Carel and Jaco will see the harvest through with us!

Then as always we need extra cellar hands and see the return for some of our regulars and some new faces. Our four cellar hands this year are: Adriaan Erasmus, Grenville Kuhn, Lionel Siljeur and Narschel Baadjies.

Later this month we will host two Burgundy Exchange students – looking forward receiving them. Hopefully later in the year we can send some of our cellar members to France on the exchange program.
We wish all of the newcomers a happy stay and a good harvest. Remember you are art of the “Dream Team”

We had our colourful Harvest Parade on Wednesday 18th January and were very fortunate to have Mrs Rhona Beck here for the Parade. As it is our 21st year in Robertson her presence made it extra special for all of us. In the procession we had some of our local community members partaking. Mrs Rhona Beck thanked everyone involved and wished all the workers a great harvest and thanked them for their loyalty and hard work. As usual Pieter Fouche blessed the first load and handed it over to the cellar team.

This year sees the changes to the grape receival area which promisses to make the harvest quicker. Many thanks to Louis Jordaan for driving this projest. Benna Smal is already impressed about the ease of flow in this area!

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