The winners of the Rosé Rocks! 2018 have recently been announced, with De Grendel Rosé proudly winning a Double Gold award. Rosé Rocks! is South Africa’s first dedicated rosé wine competition which seeks to recognise excellence in rosé winemaking and promote the SA Rosé category.
The Sakura Japan Women's Wine Awards, now in it's fourth year, is one of the biggest international wine competitions, hosted by women, in Japan. Receiving over 4,200 entries from 37 countries in 2017, the competition has seen tremendous growth compared to 2016's 3,543 entries.
We’re celebrating our first award of 2017! The leading European drinks trade publication, The Drinks Business, named our Chardonnay as one of the best-performing Chardonnays under £20 in The Drinks Business Global Chardonnay Masters 2016. Winners included wines from Sicily, to Israel and Australia.
Whether you're a fan of Valentine's Day or not, there's something pretty heartwarming about taking some time out once a year to reflect on the people that mean the most to you. Our choice of course is to enjoy the 14th with De Grendel wines. Here are some (different) ways to do so:
Join us on the De Grendel Tasting Stoep for a special wine and Pilates morning with Nic from NixPilates on the 19th of November.
|DATE:||19 November 2016|
9h30 - De Grendel MCC Brut arrival drink
10h00 to 11h00 - Pilates with Nic
11h00 to 12h00 - Wine tasting & canapes
De Grendel Wine Estate
|COST:||R250 per person|
We only have space for 25 people, so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.
All bookings must be sent to Anzelle at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 021 558 6280.
With the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards celebrating its 20th anniversary, it was a truly proud occasion for De Grendel to win three awards. De Grendel Shiraz 2015 won Platinum, De Grendel Op Die Berg Chardonnay 2015 won Gold, and De Grendel Sauvignon Blanc 2016 won Silver.
The De Grendel Shiraz 2015, which will be released in October 2016, was awarded Michelangelo Platinum. De Grendel cellarmaster Charles Hopkins predicted the 2015 red wines would be particularly special, thanks to various factors, including challenging conditions such as the low rainfall. “The clusters and berries were smaller, which is definitely a plus for red wine colour and quality,” he says.
“Particularly dry and windy climactic conditions during flowering culminated in a 15% reduction in crop size throughout the Coastal Region. This reduction in cluster volume, coupled with cooler weather towards ripening, produced berries with a superior concentration of fruit flavours and increased colour intensity in the red varietals. Additionally, the smaller clusters facilitated a harvest that was earlier by up to 15 days. In conclusion, the vintage of 2015 has the potential to rival the finest vintages in recent years,” he continues.
“The team at De Grendel are particularly proud of the Gold awarded to De Grendel Op Die Berg Chardonnay 2015,” says Sir De Villiers Graaff. “This is a very competitive category.” The De Grendel Op Die Berg Chardonnay’s vineyards are situated on top of the Witzenberg Mountain in Ceres. Grapes are all hand-picked and brought to De Grendel in an immaculate condition due to the cool ripening temperatures resulting in a well-balanced, medium bodied Chardonnay.
The De Grendel Sauvignon Blanc 2016 also won a silver medal at the awards.
All wines are judged blind according to the international 100-point system and awarded Platinum, Grand’Or, Gold and Silver medals.
De Grendel's farm workers are the reason we are able to do what we do – produce award-winning wines year after year. Which is why we are supremely proud that the Western Cape Farm Worker of the Year competition, sponsored by the Department of Agriculture and Shoprite, acknowledged this with five awards this year.
De Grendel staff took three first place positions in this year's awards, out of five different categories, making us the best performing farm! The competition begins at a regional level (with De Grendel entering the categories for Durbanville), with the first place winners progressing to the provincial finals.
An extra special mention for Joseph Phiri who was the overall winner of all the categories combined.
The winners from De Grendel are as follows:
|General Worker||1||Avrill September|
|Technical Operator||1||Norman Katelo (Cellar worker)|
|Foreman||1||Joseph Phiri (Overall winner)|
|Best Performing Farm||1||De Grendel|
Pinot Noir is juicy, delicious and is great with cheese, but what other secrets does this favourite red wine harbour?
#1 Ceres is the perfect place to grow it
The "Op Die Berg" (on top of the mountain) in the name of De Grendel's Op Die Berg Pinot Noir refers to the continental growing conditions in the unique Witzenberg in Ceres, 950m above sea level, where we source our grapes for this wine from. Sculpted by the cool growing conditions, the slow ripening fruit produces wines of consistently distinctive character and expressive style. This results in a Pinot Noir that has a light, bright red ruby hue and the nose is filled with luscious red cherry, blackberry and pine needle notes that carry through on the palate, balanced with a well-structured freshness.
#2 The French Call It Red Burgundy
We know they're pretty precious about their wine regions, and what they call their grapes, but truly this must have been designed to confuse us all! Indeed Pinot Noir was born in the Burgundy region of France, but unless they're grown in this region they have to be referred to as Pinot Noir. The name means 'pine black' because of the pine shape a bunch makes on the vine and the dark colour of the berries.
#3 It's Cousins with Chardonnay
Chardonnay is a natural crossing of Pinot Noir and Gouais Blanc (a near extinct variety). Like its famous relative, its used to make Champagne. Grapes used for Champagne must usually be the white Chardonnay, but the dark-skinned Pinot Noir is given a gentle pressing without skin contact during fermentation, which yields a white base wine.
#4 It Made South Africa Famous
True story. This is because it gave birth to a unique South African variety, Pinotage. Pinotage is a blend of Pinot Noir and Cinsault and began its life in the lab of Professor of Viticulture at Stellenbosch University Abraham Isak Perold, who developed it in 1925, in the hope of developing a grape that was stable and easy to grow.
#5 It's The Ultimate Food-Loving Wine
A Pinot Noir is the ultimate food-loving, and versatile wine, known to be drinkable with most dishes. We love it with pasta, duck and other game birds, casseroles or, of course, stews like beef bourguignon. Also, be sure to try it at the De Grendel Restaurant paired with our pork belly!