Learn more about 1997 South Africa
Vintage 1997 for South African wines was marked by the coolest and longest growing season in living memory, with the Cabernet Sauvignons still being harvested in May (March is more normal).
Spring was wet and early and was followed by wet and humid weather throughout December. The weather subsequently remained dry.
The vintage rewarded the patient, with those who picked too early making rather thin and unripe wines. Those with the courage to wait have produced some classically structured, concentrated wines that possess excellent cellaring potential. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz-dominated wines are the most successful.