The De Grendel Wine Estate is situated on the South Western facing slopes of the Tygerberg Hills. The vineyards which provide the grapes for the De Grendel Sauvignon Blanc 2021 are planted in blue schist soils 200 metres above the level of the Atlantic Ocean. A mere 7 kilometres away, with the cold Benguela Current flowing North up our West Coast from deep down south in the Atlantic Ocean.
The grapes were hand harvested in three passes during the ideal ripeness allowing for different flavours in each batch. After destemming and crushing, the mash is allowed to have 6 hours skin contact, the juice was allowed to cool settle until clear. This juice was then fermented dry in stainless steel tanks. For 80 days the wine lay on its lees picking up all kinds of flavours and palate weight. The wine was then prepared for bottling.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The label is simple and elegant and descriptive. In the glass, the wine is a pale hay colour with some youthful lime green flashes. In the three passes the grape shows all its amazing attributes. A grassy, asparagus, and fynbos herbaceousness. And then the semi tropical fruits, the granadilla, and ripe white guava. Brilliant, bright, crisp, wine, with a rich and generous palate and a long gently waning aftertaste. Very drinkable now, though it will reward you after a couple of years of cool cellaring.
The De Grendel Sauvignon Blanc 2021 is a real refresher. Excellent with food, anything from fish, to smoked chicken, to pasta. Here is a dish prepared by the Estate’s restaurant chef Ian Bergh at his home. You will find some utterly delicious dishes on the De Grendel Restaurant menu. Well worth the drive and only 20 minutes from the centre of Cape Town and the Cape Town International Airport.
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