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Good news for wine lovers as drought betters South African brands | CGTN Africa


Winemakers in South Africa’s Western Cape have been toasting to some good news.

This year’s, the grape farms not only came out unscathed from the harsh drought that hit the country, but also produced some of the finest wines in many years.

This has been an industry-wide phenomenon and winemakers are pointing to a number of reasons for their success including a stressed growing process and resilient hardy vines.

The farmers went through a phase of water stress during the drought, resulting in smaller berries with more concentrated flavors, something that was seen across the spectrum of white and red wines.

Unlike fruit farmers who lost around 80% in production due to scarce water resources, wine farmers lost around 15% as the vineyards require lesser water.

They were also…

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Cape Drought Makes South African Wine Pricier But Tastier


The drought in South Africa’s Northern and Western Cape provinces is billed as the worst on record, with Cape Town residents forsaking baths in favor of 90-second showers. At least the wine is getting better.

Drier weather meant fewer pests damaging vine leaves in the world’s eighth-biggest wine producer and the warm temperatures helped boost the quality of the 2018 vintage, according to Vinpro, which represents 2,500 wine producers and cellars in the local industry of 36 billion rand ($2.9 billion) annually. Varietals ranging from sauvignon blanc to pinotage, a local hybrid of pinot noir and cinsaut, have benefited.

“Greater variation between night and day temperatures during the ripening stage gave the color and flavor formation a further boost, which are indicative of…

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Rebels’ South African drought continues


Melbourne Rebels coach Dave Wessels will look to address his team’s disciplinary issues after their tour of South Africa came to a frustrating end in Cape Town on Friday night.

A string of first-half penalties saw the Rebels fall behind early against the Stormers at Newlands, eventually going down 34-18 for a fourth successive Super Rugby loss.

Having lost to the Bulls in Pretoria the previous week, the result extended the Melbourne franchise’s winless record in the Republic to 15 matches.

Wessels pinpointed discipline and poor set-piece execution as the key areas of the game where the Rebels faltered against the Stormers.

“It’s been a perpetual problem right through the whole season,” he said about his team’s lack of discipline.

“And it’s not skill errors…it’s just lazy stuff like not getting…

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Drought concerns in parts of the Caribbean


By Glenroy Blanchette

In its latest Drought Bulletin for April 2018, the Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPMN) reported concerns over long-term and short-term drought in several Caribbean islands.

The assessment for Cuba and Antigua prompted the CPDMN to state that “water resources should be monitored for long-term drought that can affect groundwater and large catchments, up until the end of the dry season at least,” in those two islands. The report also noted South-eastern Haiti is under long-term drought and that Belize should be monitored as that country faces the possibility of long-term drought.

The islands of the Eastern Caribbean experienced mixed conditions in February varying from slightly dry to extremely wet.

In St. Kitts-Nevis, the dry conditions of the…

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Now concerns about drought in the Caribbean



BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — The Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPMN) says concerns exist for both long – and short-term drought over the Guianas, in particular northern Suriname. “With Cuba and Antigua being relatively dry over the past few months, water …
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Cape Town drought: South African city may avoid ‘Day Zero’


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The city cut daily water use limits first to 87 litres and then 50 in a bid to avert shutting off supplies

Cape Town will not have to turn off water supplies after all if current consumption levels are maintained, the region’s governing party has said.

Amid a drought, the city had set a 50-litre daily limit and had told citizens “Day Zero” was approaching when people would have to queue at standpipes.

But water-saving efforts in the South African city have seen the day pushed back from April to 27 August.

Seasonal rains should mean that date is now averted, the city said.

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