OUR UNIQUE

TERROIR

The vineyards which are some 260 ha in extent are situated on the Paarl side of the Simonsberg Mountain. The farm has a moderate climate, ideal for grape growing, with an average winter rainfall of 900mm and temperatures ranging from 7°C in winter to 30°C in summer. The cooling Atlantic breeze in summer, greatly contributes to the flavour retention of the grapes.

White Grape Varietals and White Wine By Niel Joubert

White Grape

VArietals

The greater portion of the vineyards are located on the actual mountain or hill slopes. Of the white varieties, Sauvignon Blanc is located on the highest slopes to benefit from the cooler breezes and so retain all the delicate flavours, while Chardonnay is planted in lower areas, as it enjoys the relative warmth for fuller ripening and bigger flavours. Also on lower elevation, Chenin Blanc is planted as bush vines which get minimal irrigation to encourage smaller production and concentration of flavour. Altogether three different trellising systems are used, to suit the varieties and terrain.

Red Grape Bushvine - Red Wine by Niel Joubert

Red Grape

Bush Vines

Red grape bush vines include Pinotage, Cinsault and Grenache Noir. Other reds in the range are Malbec, Merlot, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon (which is planted on the highest mountain slopes). Shiraz, a prolific growing vine, whose growth needs to be restricted to retain character, is placed on a particular patch of stony soil, to force it to struggle.

Rare

Varieties

In addition there are five other varieties planted, some relatively rare in South Africa, to be used in blends or as individual bottlings when the quality warrants it.

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KLEIN SIMONSVLEI
KLAPMUTS – SIMONDIUM ROAD
KLAPMUTS, 7625 
WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA

Tel: +27(0)21 875 5419
Email: wine@nieljoubert.co.za
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