There is an enchantment about Elim, an enchanting little village with buildings of architectural interest, close to the Southern tip of the African Continent. For over 20 years Charles Hopkins, De Grendel’s founding Cellar Master has seen the possibilities of the region, with its winds, scraggy vines and maritime climate. My Advent Calendar #16 wine is the De Grendel Elim Shiraz 2016.
The Shiraz grapes for the wine were bought from Elim. They were then destemmed and crushed in an open top fermenter. During the fermentation, the punch down method was used regularly in the early stages to extract as much aroma, colour and soft tannins as possible. Once fermented the wine was matured in second and third fill French Oak Barrels before being prepared for bottling.
The De Grendel Elim Shiraz will only be available to De Grendel Loyalty Club members via the De Grendel online shop and from the estate, allowing them to exclusively enjoy Charles’ new pride and joy. The De Grendel Amandelboord Pinotage, previously exclusive to members, will now be produced in bigger volumes and be available to the general public – this too is a sensational wine, a real privilege to drink it.
From a magnum Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a natural cork closure. Elegant De Grendel livery. In the glass, a deep plum purple at the core which pales out to a purpley garnet at the edges. Whiffs of the elusive but prized grinds of black pepper and a generosity of berries and cherries. From entry, the wine is full in flavour with ripe plums, with an undertow of mocha. Cashmere clad tannins, interwoven with fruit and round acidity are found in the long and gently waning aftertaste.
When you go out to the Estate to buy your wine, book a table for lunch at the De Grendel Restaurant. Ian Bergh, the executive chef, has some very exciting dishes on the menu. Buy two magnums and have one for lunch with his delicious food. At home, it will partner your Christmas Table dishes really well, if you go traditional or do a braai, or a salad lunch.
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