Wines from Stellenbosch
An Important Wine Region of South Africa
As some of you might know, the wine production in South Africa is concentrated around the regions of Cape Town.
Of these, some of the major vineyards, as well as the wine production centres, are located in ‘Stellenbosch’ which is located in the Western coastal regions of Cape Town.
First Things about Stellenbosch Wine Region
Stellenbosch is contributing almost 14% of the total wine production in South Africa in a year.
Located at a distance of just 25 miles in the east from the Cape Town, this region is enclosed by the following mountains which are known to give the suitable climatic conditions for the growth of wine grapes in this region:
- Stellenbosch Mountains
Apart from the effects of mountains, the climate in Stellenbosch is also affected by the False Bay which is known to temper the climate to keep it in the average temperature ranges during the winegrowing seasons.
Moreover, this region is known to receive enough amount of rainfall in winter thus enabling the winegrowers to keep the irrigation as minimum as possible.
In general, the climate of Stellenbosch is found to hotter and drier in spite of the maritime influence coming from the False Bay.
The vineyards of Stellenbosch are found to experience some cool breezes from the southeast during afternoons. These breezes are known to refresh the wine grapes.
The wine grapes that are planted closer to the ocean are found to have the maximum effect from these cool breezes.
Not only are the climatic conditions, the soil types in the vineyards also favouring the growth of wine grapes in these ranges.
We can find granite and sandstone soils all around the Stellenbosch wine region.
The higher clay contents in these soils are indicating that these are free-draining and hence, having some outstanding water-retaining properties.
All these conditions have made the region more suited for the cultivation of red wine grapes although white wine grapes are also found to be planted in the coastal regions of Stellenbosch.
Under Stellenbosch, there are seven wards (per WO appellations) all producing red wines.
Those wards are:
- Devon Valley
- Jonkershoek Valley
- Polkadraai Hills
Wine Grapes in Stellenbosch
All the above-mentioned wards are known for red wines and the primary red grape variety used in these wines are:
- Cabernet Sauvignon
You can find ‘Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon’ on the wine lists all over the world.
In addition to the Cabernet Sauvignon grape variety, Stellenbosch is popular as the birthplace of the signature grape variety of South Africa ‘Pinotage’.
This was got by crossing ‘Pinot Noir’ and ‘Cinsaut’ grape varieties during the year 1924.
Some other grape varieties which are often found to be blended in the Stellenbosch wines are:
- Sauvignon blanc
- Chenin blanc
Prominent Wines of Stellenbosch Wine Region
As mentioned above, Cabernet Sauvignon is known to be the king of Stellenbosch wines.
When you buy the wines from the warmer inland slopes of the ‘Simonsberg’, you can taste some muscular, richer wines whereas when you get the wines nearby the coastal regions you can taste some fresher, tighter wines.
Although you can see Cabernet Sauvignon featuring in Bordeaux wines too, Stellenbosch’s varied soils are giving more vibrant wines.
Not only Cabernet Sauvignon, you can also taste some richer Chardonnay, elegant whites, and full-bodied Shiraz wines here!
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Wines from Stellenbosch
Warwick Estate – The First Lady Cabernet Sauvignon 2011-12 75cl Bottle€10.62 Find Merchant
Strawberry Fields – Graceland Vineyards (Pty) Ltd€23.90 Find Merchant
Graceland Three Graces – Graceland Vineyards (Pty) Ltd€30.50 Find Merchant
Cabernet Sauvignon – Graceland Vineyards (Pty) Ltd€19.20 Find Merchant
Colour Field – Graceland Vineyards (Pty) Ltd€11.90 Find Merchant
Graceland Vineyards – Shiraz€19.20 Find Merchant
Merlot – Graceland Vineyards (Pty) Ltd€19.20 Find Merchant
The First Lady, Chardonnay – Warwick Wine Estate€12.30 Find Merchant
Three Cape Ladies – Warwick Wine Estate€21.20 Find Merchant
Black Lady – Warwick Wine Estate€16.80 Find Merchant
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