I have known Debbie Thompson, award winning Winemaker of Stellenbosch for a number of years. Her ‘thing’ is to produce top quality wines which wine awards on local and international wine shows. These two wines simply show the Le Grand Domaine in Devon Valley in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation with Debbie as Cellarmaster is a winery to watch
Here we have a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon 63%, Merlot 24%, Petit Verdot 8%, and Cabernet Franc 2%, all from the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. For this Bordeaux style blend the top blocks of each blending component were selected. Vinification in the cellar took place separately for each variety. Maturation took place over 14 months in 72% First fill and 28% Third Fill French Oak Barrels. Seven barrels were ultimately selected for the blend which took place immediately before the wines were blended and prepared for bottling.
From a Bordeaux shaped bespoke heavy glass bottle, closed with natural cork and a gold wax covering. The word Stellenbosch is embossed in glass just above the label.The label is elegant in design and reminiscent of a French Chateau. In the glass, the wine is a deep bloodplum read at the heart which pales out to a brightshining ruby at the edges. The aromas, segue into the palate, blackcurrants, some country lane berries, aromatic purple flowers all supported by the fine oaking with its concomitant spices and vanilla. There is an undertow of Jamon Iberico amongst the soft tannins and fine fruit in the long and gently waning aftertaste. While eminently drinkable now, the wine will reward you with a couple of years of cool cellaring.
The Le Grand Domaine Grand Vin de Stellenbosch will grace your Sunday Roast Lunch with its rustly crisp roast potatoes, real gravy and suitable accompaniments.
I think Debbie had a lot of fun choosing the parcels of grapes for this wine. The grapes came from different Wine Appellations from Cape Town, Ceres, Darling, Durbanville, Elgin, Elim, Lutzville, Stanford and from Stellenbosch.
Each parcel is vinified separately at Le Grand Domaine to express the uniqueness of each terroir. The wines were then blended to showcase the best of the best in such a way that no area overpowers one another, to deliver the best possible expression of Sauvignon Blanc, the Western Cape has to offer, in a particular season.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle closed with natural cork covered in blue wax. The label is simple and elegant and slightly quirky, showing a sense of fun. In the glass, the wine is a brightshining pale lemon straw. The aromas are of tropical and semi tropical fruits, crisp kiwi fruit, Piel de Sabo melon and white figs are encored on the palate which has a sappy sweet tropical lime acidity running through a rich and generously layered mid palate. An impressive glass, so ready for drinking now, though will reward you after a couple of years of cool cellaring.
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The Le Grand Domaine The Pledge Sauvignon Blanc 2020 is perfection on its own as a refresher mid morning or as an aperitif before a meal which would have a good food partner for the first course. Sophia Lindop’s Dandelion is such a partner
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