It’s a Triple-Double for De Grendel at Veritas Awards
With Double Gold medals for two successive vintages of Op die Berg Syrah and another for Op Die Berg Pinot Noir 2021 at the 2022 Veritas Awards, high altitude is becoming synonymous with high achievement for De Grendel.
De Grendel’s Op Die Berg wines are grown on the Ceres Plateau, one of South Africa’s highest, and coldest, winemaking districts, a true continental climate that produces highly distinctive wines.
Both the 2020 and 2021 vintages of Op Die Berg Syrah were awarded Double Gold in one of the most competitive categories at Veritas, South Africa’s oldest and well-respected wine competition with over 1 300 entries judged blind by expert panels.
De Grendel cellar master Charles Hopkins said a Gold medal for De Grendel Merlot 2020 and Silver Outstanding for the 2019 vintage along with Amandelboord Pinotage 2020, Shiraz 2020, Brut Cap Classique 2018 and Rubaiyat 2017 are testament to De Grendel’s depth and consistency of quality across vintages and diverse terroir.
Gold and Silver Outstanding medal-winning wines came from De Grendel’s vineyard sites at Op die Berg, the maritime climate of Elim near Cape Agulhas, as well as Stellenbosch and the home farm in Durbanville.
“The Veritas Awards closing out Cape Wine 2022, where our wines received a great reception from international buyers and wine journalists, were a high note after a week of celebration and optimism for South African wine,” Hopkins said.