Some of the places and names of the wind include the Chinook of North American Great Plains, Papagayo on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua, the Shamal found in summer in the valley of the Tigris and Euphrates, the Cape Doctor
, in South Africa, and Zephyr, an ancient Greek name for any light west wind.
In summer, the southeasterly wind, known as the Cape Doctor
, blows off the sea, cooling the vines and helping prevent bunch rot and mildew.
"The Cape Doctor
shiraz is named after the south easterly wind which cools the vineyard," explained Rollo revealing how the same wind had helped ignite a spark which almost burnt down the family home on the estate!
And on this sultry February afternoon as I arrived for media accreditation, the usual blustery Cape Doctor
-- a seasonal trade wind -- had backed off from blowing everything away.
Salty notes have been used to encapsulate the smell of the fresh sea breeze in Cape Town, known as the Cape Doctor
, alongside woody, smoky hints to represent the nation's passion for barbeques, and also Tagette, an essential oil sourced directly from South Africa," Bailey said in a press release.
We sat sampling the wines while watching the Atlantic-borne wind - known as the "Cape Doctor
" - blow over the vines.
The main asset, though, is a fierce cold wind, known as the Cape Doctor
, that keeps the temperature down, lengthening the ripening season, and boosting acidity.
I sampled several of them: a complex, rich Chardonnay 2008 (pounds 10.79); a brambly, spicy Merlot 2006, with big, dry tannins (pounds 11.79); a fine, elegant Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 with perfumed, cedary blackcurrant fruit (pounds 11.79); an even better Shiraz 2005 with a lovely freshness of mulberry and black cherry jam flavours (pounds 11.79) and the star of the show, a Shiraz, 'The Cape Doctor
' 2005 (pounds 16.99), which has a concentration of ripe, juicy black fruit.
The Atlantic and Indian oceans converge at the very tip of the continent, creating predictably cooling winds (referred to as "the Cape doctor
") and fogs that are moderated by the Mediterranean climate and soaring mountain ranges.
31 In British imperial times, the Cape Doctor
was a refreshing wind that blew on convalescing Britons - at which cape?
And they will be hoping that the infamous 'Cape Doctor
' - the wind which blows in these parts - lies low for the next four days.
The Cape Doctor
in the Nineteenth Century: A Social History.