Harvest Report 2019

Comment from Chief Winemaker Danie De Bruyn

With 2019 Harvest in full swing, chief wine maker at Dunstone Boutique Winery, Danie De Bruyn, shares his insight on this year’s crop and what to expect from the Dunstone 2019 vintage.

“Following the drought brought on by lack of Winter rain in 2017, we were pleased to receive solid rainfall over the 2018 Winter period, which meant a good Spring start. The Summer that followed has been much cooler than usual, which has also had a positive outcome for our grapes as it means a slower ripening, which helps to achieve phenolic ripeness at Harvest picking.

Overall, it has been a great vintage for the Dunstone Grenache. Bud burst has been even which has allowed a lower intensity management of the vines throughout the growing season. The estate harvested 1.5kg per vine, which hits the envelope of quality wine from bush vines.

One challenge we have faced with this year’s Harvest was the uneven bud burst of our Shiraz block, which has led to lower yields; on the flip side this will hopefully mean higher quality wines. Decent acid levels present in the Shiraz grapes translate to a wine that will age well.

Welcome Summer Family Festival – Sat 8 December 2018

Nothing says ‘Hello Summer’ better than a festive garden party!

Think live music, the smell of a lamb spit braai smoking in the background, pop up food stalls, free wine tasting and craft beer on tap.

Dunstone Country Estate is pleased as punch to invite you to our ‘Welcome Summer’ family event, taking place on Saturday 8th December at our Estate bistro, The Stone Kitchen.

Kicking off at 12 noon, entry is free and everything you need to eat or drink will be available to purchase at one of our pop up stalls on the bistro’s back lawn.

For entertainment, we’re excited to welcome live local acts Wicus Le Roux and Die WildBerries who will be performing all of our favourite cover songs over the course of the afternoon. Get ready to bust out some moves on the dance floor or ‘floss’ it up in a dance-off with the younger generation!

Either way, it’s going to be great day out for the whole family and we can’t wait to officially see in the summer with our greater Dunstone Family. Feel free to bring your own picnic blankets, alternatively we’ll have all of our own outdoor tables, bean bags, sun umbrellas and picnic blankets arranged outside for your comfort and convenience. For guests seeking refuge from the sun, our large interior dining area will also open to all event goers.

For the Adults

  • Free wine tasting and wine sales by Dunstone Boutique Winery
  • Craft Beer on Tap by Bergrivier Brewery
  • Spit Braai and Burger Basket Menu by The Stone Kitchen
  • Olive and Cheese Boards

For the Children 

  • Jumping Castle
  • Face Painting by Spiral Moon
  • Slush puppy stand
  • Artisan sweets by Meshugga
  • Happy Meal lunch packs with hotdogs, chips, drink and a toy

If you’d like to join us at the Welcome Summer event, please indicate that you’re coming by RSVP’ing on our Facebook Event page. To secure one of our tables, please book online using our Dineplan app, or else email us

For any further queries about the Welcome Summer event, please contact our Client Liaison Manager, Johne La Grange at . Keep an eye on our Facebook event page for updates on any added pop up stalls and entertainment.

Dunstone Wins Silver at the IWSC Awards 2018

Dunstone Winery is proud to have been awarded Silver at the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC Awards) 2018. The accolade was given to the Dunstone Shiraz 2015 vintage, which received between 80-85.9 points. Chief winemaker Danie De Bruyn says this is a fantastic achievement for the winery as it demonstrates that South Africa, and more specifically Dunstone, is able to compete with the rest of the world in the production of world-class wines.


According to the IWSC records, 2018 has been the best year yet for South Africa, as it saw a 13.5% increase on wine entries from the country compared to last year and an increasing number of silver and gold medals. De Bruyn is not surprised by these outstanding results, saying that both 2015 and 2017 have been described as the best SA vintages ever.

In its 49th year, the IWSC Awards remains a relevant competition for the wine industry through its scoring procedure that is based on both organoleptic judgement as well as chemical analysis. Entries are received from nearly 90 countries worldwide.

The Dunstone Shiraz has big, bold, red fruit flavours with sweet spice from the French oak barrels in which the grapes matured for 14 months. It has a smooth and juicy palate, well integrated tannins with a long, lingering finish. It is a wine that will only get better with age.

To read the full tasting notes for the Dunstone Shiraz and our other wines, including the Stones in the Sun range, please visit our winery page. Here you will also find information on all of our local and international stockists and our most updated pricelist. Click here 

To taste Dunstone wine locally, guests are welcome to visit Dunstone Country Estate (open 7 days per week from Monday 1st October 2018). Self-guided wine tasting takes place in our bistro on the estate, The Stone Kitchen, and costs R30 for six wines. Cellar tours may also be arranged via prior appointment only. Contact Danie De Bruyn at wine@dunstone.co.za for more info.