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Breede River Valley

Important when it comes to bulk production from co-operatives, the Breede River Valley has admirably surmounted the innate problems of its climate to join the Coastal Region in the production of quality wine. 

Important when it comes to bulk production from co-operatives, the Breede River Valley has admirably surmounted the innate problems of its climate to join the Coastal Region in the production of quality wine. 

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There are three significant districts to be found within the Breede River Valley and these are Worcester, Robertson and Swellendam.  Worcester holds the accolade of producing more wine than any other district in the whole of South Africa, but so far Robertson is where the finest wines have emerged from.

Styles of Wine

Whites are more widespread but reds are generally more welcome on the international market.  Shiraz has been found to perform well and produce full-bodied wines of great character.  There is variety in the region, with sparkling and dessert wines both ably produced.

Key Vines

Shiraz and Chardonnay have so far made the most enticing wines, but Chenin Blanc has an important role to play and Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Riesling and Colombard have met with success.  Muskadel and Muscat are used to make sweet wines.

Climate and Conditions

The Breede River Valley region relies on the eponymous river and its tributaries for the irrigation it needs.  Rainfall is simply not enough on its own to succour the vines.  With this taken care of, vines that will tolerate heat have nothing to fear.  Each tributary of the main river has a micro-climate of its own allowing for local character to come through in the estate-crafted wines.

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  1. Meerestein Chenin Blanc Pinot Grigio, Worcester

    Meerestein Chenin Blanc Pinot Grigio, Worcester, 2016 75cl

    This is a really interesting and well made wine made with an interesting blend of Chenin Blanc and Pinot Grigio each grape passing on its own expression into the glass. Rich, guava fruit flavours from the Chenin Blanc are enhanced by the bright freshne

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  2. Robertson Wide River Chenin Blanc, Robertson

    Robertson Wide River Chenin Blanc, Robertson, 2016 75cl

    This delicate wine has lovely ripe fruit flavours, fresh floral aromas and a delightful off-dry finish.

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    £6.19
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    £6.70
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  3. Robertson Wide River Viognier, Robertson

    Robertson Wide River Viognier, Robertson, 2016 75cl

    A rich medley of fresh apricot, peach and lemon flavours that follow through on the supple, slightly oily palate. Barrel fermentation in new small French oak barriques has provided nuances of cinnamon and cracked cashew nuts.

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  4. River Grandeur Shiraz, Viljoensdrift, Robertson

    River Grandeur Shiraz, Viljoensdrift, Robertson, 2012 75cl

    The nose is full of blackberry fruit that hints at the richness of the palate. The dark fruit character continues in the mouth, with soft hints of spice just playing a supporting role. The finish brings more spice with black pepper fading to a full peppery finish.

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  5. River Grandeur Pinotage, Viljoensdrift, Robertson

    River Grandeur Pinotage, Viljoensdrift, Robertson, 2015 75cl

    A juicy Pinotage that has lots of summer fruit aroma and a hint of chocolate. The palate is creamy and smooth with raspberry and strawberry fruits developing before the finish brings more chocolate and a lingering freshness.

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  6. Robertson Wide River Shiraz, Robertson

    Robertson Wide River Shiraz, Robertson, 2015 75cl

    Delightful spicy wild-herb undertones with black pepper and vanilla notes. This elegant wine is well balanced with a beautiful plum colour and a long silky finish.

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    £7.02
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    £7.94
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    £5.85
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