3 questions on "South Africa - Wine Regions - Cape South Coast Region"

The small region (3%) of Cape South Coast in South Africa is well known for quality wines. What climate conditions are special and for which varieties?
  • Suitable area for Sauvignon blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
  • Strongly influenced by the cooling influence of the Atlantic Ocean
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Describe the location and growing environment of District Elgin in the Cape South Coast region of South Africa.
How does this influence the style of wines, and what varieties are planted?
  • 70km south-east of Cape Town
  • Inland plateau 200-400 m above sea level
  • Considerable cooler climate
  • Lower temperatures, cold nights due to:
    • Altitude
    • Cloud cover
    • Ocean cooling influences
  • > Long growing season
  • Enough rainfall (1.000mm)
  • Fungal diseases can be a risk

Styles of wine:
  • Elegant, fresher style, with higher acidity
  • Also some sweet botrytised wines

Varieties:
  • Sauvignon blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Shiraz.
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Name two famous producers of District Elgin (Cape south Coast, South Africa)
  • Paul Cluver
  • Richard Kershaw wines (super premium Chardonnay)
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