The Wine and Spirit Board of South Africa proposes to allow vintners to add water to grape musts. Because of global warming the grapes contain more sugar, which leads to high alcohol levels. But alcohol-rich wines are less popular with consumers. That is why the South Africans want to water down their musts. The South African government has to approve the proposal. That will probably happen before the harvest of 2012. Diluting grape musts is prohibited in the EU. Therefore the South Africans must first consult with Europe, so as to not jeopardize their main export market.
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