De Grendel’s flagship wine, the De Grendel Rubaiyat 2014, has received a gold award at the International Wine & Spirit Awards 2016. Now in its 47th year, entries for the International Wine & Spirit Competition are received from nearly 90 countries. The De Grendel Rubaiyat 2013 was also awarded gold at the International Wine & Spirit Awards in 2015.
“We are extremely proud of this award,” says De Grendel cellar master Charles Hopkins. “It holds a special place in my heart as we first produced it 10 years ago when I was tasked by Sir David Graaff to make an icon for the estate.”
A classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Merlot, the De Grendel Rubaiyat was named after the classic collection of 1000 Persian love poems from the 10th century, written by Omar Khayyam, held dear by the late Sir David. Each vintage boasts a different quatrain from the poem on the label.
The Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards are situated in the Firgrove area, about 6km from False Bay. The extremely small and concentrated berries are blended with Merlot, Cab Franc and Petit Verdot are from De Grendel. This special wine has layers of red and black berries, violets, fine dark chocolate, roasted nuts, Christmas cake and vanilla and is matured in new French oak giving it a smooth rounded texture with dark ruby core and garnet edges.
The De Grendel Rubaiyat will be available for purchase at De Grendel Restaurant and Tasting Room and online at www.degrendel.co.za in October 2016.
A list of all the prize-winning De Grendel wines at the IWSC 2016 awards
De Grendel Rubaiyat 2014 Gold 2016
De Grendel Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Silver Outstanding 2016
De Grendel Op Die Berg Chardonnay 2015 Silver 2016
De Grendel Op Die Berg Pinot Noir 2013 Silver 2016
De Grendel Merlot 2013 Silver 2016
De Grendel Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Silver 2016
De Grendel Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Silver 2016
De Grendel Shiraz 2014 Silver 2016
Information from De Grendel Wine Estate