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View overlooking Prospect.
Spring time on Prospect produces beautiful colours.
Soil preparation is done by deep ripping to break up compacted layers to a depth of 5 feet. This action improves water drainage and root development of newly planted vines.
Planting of young Merlot vines.
Poles for trellacing are erected immediately after planting. Drip lines are placed along every row ensuring each vine receives irrigation as well as liquid fertilizer.Irrigation is computer regulated allowing precise growth manipulation of the vineyard to ensure that quality berries are produced.
These are Shiraz vines during their first summer growth.
Chris and Nic de Wet during the grape harvest.
Grapes are harvested by Mechanical Harvester. This method offers the luxury to harvest during the night or early morning while temperatures are cool.
Mechanical harvesting ensures a berry with the ideal pH balance, not stressed by the hot South African summer, ensuring a quality vintage.
The mechanical harvester can harvest up to 12 tons every hour, depending on variety of grape.
Harvested grape berries are transported from the vineyard to the winery in covered and airtight trailers where the berries are tipped into the receiving space once the covers have been removed. Here mechanical destemming and the first crush occurs before the berries are pumped on to the next stage inside the winery.
Fermentation tanks inside the winery.