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Coastal Region

South Africa's Coastal Region, situated in the Western Cape, is planted with almost half of the country's total area of vineyards. Its 65 mile length stretches from Darling in the north to Constantia and Cape Point south of Cape Town and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the Boland Mountains to the east. The cool Benguela current exercises a cooling influence to the coastal vineyards but the effect of this diminishes inland especially in sub-regions such as Stellenbosch and Paarl. Sauvignon Blanc is favoured in the cooler coastal vineyard locations with Shiraz (Syrah), Chenin Blanc and South Africa's own Pinotage faring better in the hotter, dryer conditions inland. The Bordeaux grapes Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot thrive in the more southerly parts of Constantia and Stellenbosch.

view of vineyard in coastal region, South Africa, with mountains in the backgroundThe major Wine of Origin districts are Cape Peninsula, Franschhoek, Paarl, Stellenbosch, Wellington, Darling, Swartland and Tulbagh all of which benefit from a diverse geology. Heavily weathered granite is predominant along the Western Coast with outcrops further inland although here Table Mountain sandstone is rather more prevalent. Malmesbury shale features in Swartland and the Tygerberg Hills. One factor these subsoils have in common is to reduce the vine's vigour which results in smaller yields with more concentrated flavour profiles. The top-soils vary from the well-draining sandy soils nearer the coast to red clay-based soils further inland which are better at retaining moisture for the vines' roots in areas of lower rainfall.

South Africa's dynamic wine industry is making wine of a very high standard these days the style of which falls between the structure of the old world and the fruit-driven styles of the new world. This balance of styles is finding increasing favour with wine drinkers the world over and some very fine wine indeed is being produced.

  1. Vriesenhof, Paradyskloof Grenache, Stellenbosch, 2012

    Vriesenhof, Paradyskloof Grenache, Stellenbosch, 2012

    This South African Grenache is a red wine with small quantities of Malbec and Shiraz. Cherry and raspberry on the nose and palate with a long, spicy finish.

    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Grenache
    Country South Africa

    Out of stock

  2. Vriesenhof, Paradyskloof Pinotage, Stellenbosch, 2012

    Vriesenhof, Paradyskloof Pinotage, Stellenbosch, 2012

    South Africa's trademark grape variety has produced a delicious and unpretentious wine from Stellenbosch.

    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Pinotage
    Country South Africa

    Out of stock

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