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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Robertson, important warm, dry, wine-producing district within the Breede River Valley region in south africa. Home of many estates and co-operatives, it produces some fine whites, including Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blancs, and an increasingly creditable array of reds, most notably Shiraz and Cabernet. Bonnievale is the best known of the district’s wards. Most vineyards fringe the Breede River, which provides the essential irrigation (rainfall is less than 400 mm/16 in annually) and alluvial soils although calcium-rich outcrops are also found. Most of the international varieties perform well here although Robertson has long enjoyed a reputation for lovely fortified muscadels and off-dry Colombards. Robertson produces more than 15% of the national harvest. Average daily growing season temperatures are high.