Fourie explains that planning and flexibility were crucial to tending to the divergent needs of the Bosman Family Vineyards. "At the Hermon farm, which is reliant on the Berg River scheme, the river ran dry before the red grapes could be harvested," she says. Unlike Fourie, for whom the signs of drought showed late in the season, Carl van der Merwe, Chief Executive at DeMorgenzon, a family-run estate in Stellenbosch, had a head start. A keen water-skier, he says he's physically observed dam levels plummet up close, and calls the province's drier conditions "common knowledge". Five years ago DeMorgenzon acted on this, planting drought-resistant grape varietals like Grenache Blanc, Grenache Noir, and Chenin Blanc.