Study Cards on stellenbosch, district, sauvignon

District Stellenbosch is around the same named town in South Africa. Where is it famous for, which large producer is also based here?
  • University of Stellenbosch, oenology
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Distell, S-A's largest wine and spirits producer.
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What are the major contributors to quality in the Stellenbosch District of South Africa?
  • The cooler mountain slopes
  • varied soils
  • False Bay breezes, moderating summer temperatures.
  • moderate rainfall of 600-1000mm
  • Warm climate
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What kind of soils can be found in the Stellenbosch District of South Africa?
  • False Bay valley floor: sandy and alluvial
  • Slopes of Simonsberg, Stellenbosch Mountain and Helderberg: Granite and shale soils
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Due to the warm climate which grape varieties ripen well in the Stellenbosch District? What styles does it produce?
  • Black: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinotage
  • White: Sauvignon blanc, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc.

Styles:
  • Premium priced Cabernet Sauvignon and CS blends
  • Premium Shiraz
  • Premium Chenin Blanc
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Two significant producers in the Stellenbosch District
  • Rust en Vrede
  • Raats Family Wines
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Simonsberg has two wards, both in Stellenbosch district and in Paarl district, what are the differences in growing environment and wines (style)?
Simonsberg-Stellenbosch

  • on lower slopes, warmer but open to ocean breezes
  • has a Higher diurnal range than the flatter sites
  • Acidity can be lost quickly
  • Main wines: Cabernet sauvignon, CS blends and Pinotage.


Simonsberg-Paarl
  • warmer, other side
  • slightly higher and higher diurnal range
  • Longer, cooler ripening season
  • Main wines: Chardonnay and Shiraz plus red blends
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