De Grendel Takes Home an Array of Awards in 2016

Last summer’s weather conditions did not look promising for this year’s vintages, but Charles Hopkins, cellarmaster at De Grendel, says the challenging conditions have resulted in some of the most interesting wines to come out of the estate for years. This, along with a consistent approach to quality and personality of the wines, has resulted in a number of accolades for De Grendel in 2016.

In September this year the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards celebrated its 20th anniversary, and De Grendel won three awards. De Grendel Sauvignon Blanc 2016 won Silver, De Grendel Op Die Berg Chardonnay 2015 won Gold, and De Grendel Shiraz 2015 won Platinum. The Shiraz is particularly good because of the low rainfall and harsh conditions this year, says Hopkins, and it has been released for sale. The prize for the chardonnay also holds a special place in De Grendel’s heart, as it is one of the most competitive categories. “Its well-balanced medium body quality is really the result of intricate winemaking,” says Hopkins.

De Grendel Shiraz Veritas Awards

De Grendel’s flagship wine, the De Grendel Rubaiyat 2014, also received a gold award at the International Wine & Spirit Awards 2016. The Rubaiyat, a classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Merlot, is named after the classic collection of 1000 Persian love poems from the 10th century, written by Omar Khayyam and held dear by the late Sir David. Each vintage boasts a different quatrain from the poem on the label.

De Grendel also received a Double Gold for the De Grendel Shiraz 2015 and a Gold for the Shiraz 2014 at the Veritas Awards, the longest running and most prestigious wine and brandy competition in South Africa, dating back to 1991.

The De Grendel Sauvignon Blanc 2016 was also announced as one of the top 10 Sauvignon Blancs in South Africa for 2016 by the FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition, organised by the South African wine industry’s Sauvignon Blanc Interest Group (SBIG).  

De Grendel Sauvignon Blanc FNB Top 10 Award

To end off the 2016 award season, the De Grendel Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc 2015 was named one of 2017’s best wines as part of Vivino’s annual Wine Style Awards. The Vivino 2017 Wine Style Awards name the top 10 highest-ranked wines across 147 wine style categories and less than one percent of all wineries listed on Vivino receive this ranking.

De Grendel Koetshuis Vivino Wine Style Awards 2017

A list of all this year’s prize-winning De Grendel wines:

De Grendel Rubaiyat 2014

International Wine & Spirits Competition 2016 Gold

De Grendel Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc 2016

International Wine & Spirits Competition 2016 Silver Outstanding

De Grendel Op Die Berg Chardonnay 2015

China Wine & Spirits Awards 2016 Gold

Global Chardonnay Masters 2016 Gold

International Wine & Spirit Competition 2016 Silver

Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2016 Gold

Tim Atkin SA Report 2016 90 points

De Grendel Rose 2016

 

Gold Wine Awards 2016 Gold

Vitis Vinifera Awards 2016 Gold

De Grendel Op Die Berg Pinot Noir 2013

China Wine & Spirits Awards 2016 Silver

International Wine & Spirits Competition Silver

SA Terroir Wine Awards 2016 Area Winner

De Grendel Shiraz 2014

Veritas 2016 Gold

De Grendel Sauvignon Blanc 2016

 

 

 

De Grendel Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Gold Wine Awards 2016 Gold

International Wine & Spirits Competition 2016 Silver

Vitis Vinifera Awards 2016 Gold

FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition

One of the Top 10 wines in Vivino’s 2017 Wine Style Awards

De Grendel Shiraz 2015

Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2016 Platinum

Veritas 2016 Double Gold

Vitis Vinifera Awards 2016 Trophy

December 01, 2016 by De Grendel
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