CLIMATE

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Nature is everything, and part of the allure and the challenge when working with it, as in wine, is that it is unpredictable and inconsistent.

Kanonkop winters:

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The northwest wind brings rains from the Atlantic Ocean, which is icily cold due to the Benguela current running along the Cape West Coast.

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The annual rainfall at Kanonkop can average from 600 millimetres in dry years to 800 millimetres in wetter years.

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With 40 percent of the vines being unirrigated bush vines that depend solely on precipitation, wet winters are always eagerly awaited.

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In the heart of winter – July and August – the mercury peaks at an average of 14 to 15 °C during the day, sometimes dropping to 0 °C at night.

Kanonkop summers:

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Cool south-western breezes from False Bay, especially in the afternoons during the ripening period, result in slower and even ripening of berries, maximising quality.

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The prevailing summer winds are south-easterlies. Although not as cool as the southwestern breezes, they still have a positive effect.

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The average maximum day-time temperature is about 28 °C, cooling to 16 to 18 °C overnight.

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While the lower vineyards could be basking in 27 °C, the conditions on the elevated red clay slopes might be 22 °C.

In a cold year the Simonsberg gets a dusting of snow

A typical winters day on Kanonkop

Kanonkop vines at dusk as the cool air from the Atlantic Ocean flows in, with Table Mountain in the distance

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