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Soils

Shale

Kloovenburg, Mountain View
The soils on the Riebeek Kasteel and Porcelain mountains, on the eastern side of the Swartland, are based on malmesbury shale. These are sedimentary formations, but they share similar properties to the metamorphic schist’s of Cote Rotie, Faugeres and Priorat. One of the unique characteristics of Malmesbury shale is that due to shifting of the earth’s plates, the sedimentary layers of shale most often lie in an almost perfectly vertical plane. This allows for the soils to drain very easily, as excess water has almost unlimited drainage opportunity between the "bedding planes," or layers of shale. The vines are never in the situation where they can sit back and enjoy life; they are forced to push their roots down in search for water. Fortunately, shale based soils generally have a good clay content, and this means there always is moisture available between the bedding planes for the vines deeper roots.

Wines produced from these soils tend to be pure in fruit and mineral character. They are well structured, and form the backbone of any blend.

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Gravel/Iron

Bloemfontein
These red, iron rich soils are mostly found on the rolling hills towards the Atlantic Ocean, west of Malmesbury. They are deep, and due to a relatively high sand and gravel content, these soils are very well drained. Naturally, vines grown in these soils truly struggle to grow, and have extremely low yields.

Wines produced from these grapes are seriously luscious – they tend to be deep in colour, perfumed, and very concentrated.

 

 

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Glenrosa

Kasteelsig
These soils have the highest clay content in the Swartland, and are mostly found around Riebeek Mountain, and northwards. These are well structured soils that are able to retain moisture and nutrients until the end of the ripening period. This helps the vines towards the end of summer, when it is very dry in the Swartland, allowing them time to build complexity and tannin in the grapes.

Wines from these soils tend to the masculine side, easily showing reduction and ripe fruit aromas, while being structured and grippy on the palate. They give a super long finish to any blend.

Granite

These deep, sandy soils are based around the granite outcrops which form the Paardeberg Mountains. Though these are very important soils, we have not yet purchased any grapes from them.