You can always catch me with botrytis. Love these amazing wines, they tick all the boxes for me. The De Grendel Noble Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2019 is a stunner. Following on the breaking of the awful recent drought in the winter of 2018, the 2019 crop was of medium size. It will take the vines some time to recover. However, the quality of the grapes delivered to the cellar was excellent.
A Sauvignon Blanc block was chosen to hang longer on the vine and to develop the wonderful Botrytis Cinerea a benign fungus known as ‘noble rot.’ Normal production would have been in the region of 10 tons – after harvesting the grapes some 8 weeks after the rest of the Estate’s crop, the tonnage was 4. Once harvested by hand. The grapes are taken to the cellar where founding winemaker, Charles Hopkins and his team work gently and eventually produce about half the juice a normal crop would give per ton. After fermentation, the wine was prepared for bottling in a 375ml bottle and closed with a premium screw cap.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, and closed with a screw cap. The label is simple elegant and descriptive. In the glass, the wine is a rich apricot in colour, brightshining. Sit down for the aromas, soft sun-dried apricots, fynbos honey and white tropical flowers in the nose. The palate is rich and heavy in its fullness, sweet, honeyed with a rapier of acidity running through from entry to the long and eternally lasting aftertaste. With cool cellaring, it will reward you for up to 5 years.
The De Grendel Noble Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2019 should be served well chilled. While it is perfect as a digestif after dinner, the wine is fabulous with a smooth chicken or duck liver paté at the head of a meal, or perhaps a creamy roasted carrot soup. It is naturally suited to dessert or cakes and pastries. It is also a great partner for a creamy dessert like Melktert, Pasteis de Nata or Nadia Graves’s Flan Parisien. [It’s a male tart]. Nadia lives in the south of France and has South African connections. Click HERE for her recipe.
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