The beautiful De Grendel Wine Estate is on the south facing slopes of the Tygerberg Hills with their blue shale soils. The Estate faces Table Mountain and Table Bay and the Atlantic Ocean with its Benguela Current which comes up from the deep south Atlantic Ocean. Cooling breezes of the ocean, a mere 7 kilometres away, ameliorate summer heat in the vineyards allowing a slower ripening, resulting in more flavour in the final wines.
While the Estate is temporarily closed at the moment to minimise the possibility of the spread of Covid19, it has a very efficient Wine Shop which will get wine to you in no time.
2018 was the last summer before the most serious drought in living memory was eased after the harvest.
The blend of the De Grendel Winifred 2019 is made up of 37.5% Viognier, the same of Semillon and 25% Chardonnay. After the alcoholic fermentation of each component was completed in French and Romanian Oak Barrels, there was no malolactic fermentation allowed to maintain the crisp freshness of the wine.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a superior screw cap. The livery is black with gold printing. In the glass, the wine is a gem bright pale citrine in colour. The aromas are of white tropical flowers, ripe white fleshed peaches, soft sundried apricots, with an undertow of fynbos honey and lemon curd. These are all repeated on the generous palate where they are supported by a thread of acidity and the taste of river stone minerality [of course you sicked river stones as a child.] Eminently accessible and utterly delicious now, it will reward you after a year or two of cool cellaring. A very impressive glass.
The De Grendel Winifred 2019 is a fine wine to be seriously sipped watching the sun go down. It is an ideal food wine and its breadth and depth of flavour allow for any number of gently flavoured Asian and Oriental foods. Pork Belly with crispy crackling, a fine roasted duck served with a plum sauce, or a perfectly butter roasted Organic Chicken. Now living in Kuwait, Carey Boucher Erasmus’s Cheat’s Baba Ganoush & Lebanese Tabbouleh provide ideal companions for this wine. Click here for her recipe.
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