De Grendel Wine Estate has so much to offer the visitor. It is a short 20-minute run from both the city centre and the Cape Town International Airport. The views from the slopes of the Tygerberg Hills are dramatic – Table Mountain in its full glory and Table Bay. The bay is the source of the cooling breezes which ameliorate the summer heat in the vineyards. Once you gather your breath, you will notice a variety of farm animals from Nguni Cattle, to goats and a team of geese.
The grapes for the De Grendel Sauvignon Blanc 2017 grow in these ideal conditions, the vines tended by Kudzai Mwerenga, the Estate’s Vineyardist and his team. The grapes are hand harvested at three different times in the ‘ideal ripeness’ window. Taken to the cellar where Cellarlmaster Charles Hopkins and his team destem the bunches. The grapes were allowed 6 hours skins contact after pressing. The juice was then run off and settled, innoculated with a special yeast and fermented for 22 days. The wine was then left on the lees for 80 days during which time the change it undergoes expands the flavours on the mid palate and gives the wine a fine creaminess. After this the wine is prepared for bottling.
It looks like
Bottled under screw cap in a Burgundy shaped bottle with the elegant De Grendel label. In the glass, it is a gem bright pale straw with delicate green flashes.
It smells like
Sweet tropical limes, green figs, scrunched up fynbos herbs.
It tastes like
Granny Smith Apples mingle with freshly shelled peas. A brisk acidity goes through from entry to the length of tail. The mouthfeel is rich and full and round. Such great harmony.
It’s good with
A perfect refresher mid morning or watching the sun go down. It is a superb food wine and will go well with crispy salads, fresh vegetarian dishes. Tracy Foulkes, founder of Nomu, has the most delicious salad for a light lunch or as an accompaniment to a tranche of pan fried SASSI friendly fish. It is a Candied Walnut & Pear Salad with a Lemon Poppy Seed dressing. Click here for her recipe.
If you are resident in Cape Town or visiting the city, De Grendel’s Restaurant under Ian Bergh will provide many dishes to partner this wine.
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