De Grendel Classified in SA’s Top 100 Most Highly Rated Wines 2019
What a fantastic start to the new year! De Grendel has been classified in South Africa’s Top 100 Most Highly Rated Wines 2019 in the Shiraz category and we are tremendously proud to have received this award, especially right at the beginning of 2019.
The De Grendel Shiraz has been a consistent winner of awards through the years and is an exceptionally versatile wine. Carefully sourced from specially selected vineyards in the Firgrove and Paarl areas, the grapes were vinified separately using two different methods, allowing the unique characteristics of each vineyard to shine through.
Bright purple in colour with a deep violet rim, the nose offers upfront aromas of perfume, violets, glazed gammon, pepper and buchu. The wine presents a smooth entry on the palate, with soft and seamless layers of cloves, nutmeg and warm spices, underpinned by a savory and meaty finish.
The De Grendel Shiraz will marry exceptionally well with pork neck steaks served with a cranberry reduction, a traditional glazed gammon during the festive season and, in particular, with game and venison cuts during the colder winter months.
To be eligible for the classification, updated annually since 2004, entered wines must have earned Good to Excellent reviews for at least three vintages during the 10-year period under review. The focus is on the country’s leading outfits, those regularly on top form, their wines judged top-notch again and again, year after year.The critics that form part of the judging panel include experts appointed for the Decanter World Wine Awards (UK), the International Wine Challenge (UK) and IWSC (UK), Platter's SA Wine Guide (5 Stars and Highly Recommended), the Six Nations Wine Challenge (AU), the Trophy Wine Show (SA), the Veritas Awards (SA) and the Michelangelo awards (SA) – to mention just some of the panels. This makes being classified on this list an exceptional honour.