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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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rendzina, a dark, interzonal type of soil found in grassy or formerly grassy areas of moderate rainfall, on limestones, especially in chalklands. It is characterized by a brown to black, friable surface and a light grey or yellow, soft underlying horizon. Such soils are associated with terra rossa soils of Coonawarra in south australia. See geology.