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Read about our latest events, festivals and happenings either at the estate or out and about!


Winter pruning, the start of a new season

It is pruning time at Mellasat! Every day we here the sound of pruning shears from the pruning team.

Pruning is an important time in the vineyards as this affects the growth and in return determines the quality of the grapes.

Pruning takes place in the winter when the vines are in dormancy. Why do we prune? Pruning is done to space out the shoots to allow sunlight penetration for fruit flavours to develop, colour development and phenolics as well as air circulation which lowers the risk of rot and mildew.

Pruning is an art and when one prunes it influences the growth of the vine for the next two growth seasons. Basically, pruning is cutting off unwanted shoots and only leaving a few canes for the production of fruit for the next season.

At Mellasat the first team is brush cutting, making the final pruning easier for the skilled operators. Brush-cut pruning is where the teams cut away the long canes and pulling them out of the trellis wires. Approximately 30cm of shoots are left for the final pruning.

Final pruning is where one prunes to two buds per spur. This is very important for the next vintage' growth. By pruning one can determine the yield. 

Avral Abrahams and Hentry Botha, our cellar assistants are pruning the Viognier and the Tempranillo blocks. These vines are still relatively young and need special attention to ensure that we have a balanced yield, so he prunes to two buds per spur and there are 10 spurs per vine. 

The vineyard work carried out now determines the quality of the grapes that eventually ends up as the wine in your glass!

 

 

Winter pruning, the start of a new season

New Release - Seraphic 2018 now available!

Our easy drinking Seraphic 2017 was extremely popular after restrictions were eased and became sold out during June! It is such an easy drinking white wine and we are proud to release the next vintage of Seraphic, the 2018! This is a great vintage - the wine has great balance between fruit, acidity, and complexity. This blend is Chenin Blanc driven (51%) with the balance being 29% Chardonnay and 20% Viognier. This wine is slightly fuller in body in comparison to the 2017. Our Chenin Blanc blocks are the oldest blocks on the farm, in some instances 35 years old and are largely unirrigated bush vines.

We have an introductory release special and free delivery: R699 

New Release - Seraphic 2018 now available!

Winter cases from Mellasat

Our ‘Taste of Mellasat’ mixed cases were a hit and we decided to make up a couple of ‘Winter’ mixed cases.

6-bottle case @ R819.00                                                         

1 x Tempranillo 2017                                                                       

1 x Viognier 2017                                                                             

1 x White Pinotage 2018                                                                

1 x Chardonnay 2014                                                                     

1 x Dekker’s Valley Seraphic 2018                                                  

1 x Dekker’s Valley Revelation 2018

 6-bottle Premium case R999

1 x M Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

2 x Tempranillo 2017

1 x Viognier 2017

1 x White Pinotage 2018

 1 x Chardonnay 2014

12-bottle case @ R1559           

1 x M Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

1 x Tempranillo 2017                                                                                      

1 x Viognier 2017                                                                                             

2 x White Pinotage 2018                                                                               

1 x Chardonnay 2014                                                                                      

2 x Dekker’s Valley Seraphic 2018                                                             

2 x Dekker’s Valley Shiraz Rosé 2018                                                        

2 x Dekker’s Valley Revelation 2018

 

Calling all Cabernet Sauvignon fans!!

The ‘M’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 is drinking beautifully now! The perfect wine for cold winter evenings. Buy 6 pay for 5. R1750 

These specials are available until 31 August 2020. T&Cs apply.

Delivery is free for 12 bottles or more.

Please email Elzaan at tastingroom@mellasat.com and she will gladly process the order.

Place your orders and we will ship as soon as the alcohol ban is lifted.

 

Winter cases from Mellasat