After the plums ripened a month or so early this year, then, during last week of July, my
dad brought me a plate of very sweet, very delicious figs – which are usually
picked in mid or late August. This is to show how the grapevines and fruit trees
are in equal step, running about twenty days early. Strangely, July has not
been very hot, and so why this quick ripening?
The answer is simple: the end of May was scorching, the first days of June were
extremely rainy, and now the days are tepid and punctuated with storms that,
however brief, occur weekly. The water accumulating on the ground acts as a
stimulus for speeding up ripening.
You will have understood by this point that vacation for Langa wine producers will be very
brief this year…