Life can sometimes throw you a curveball, but often, the challenge isn’t as daunting as it initially seems, and can pleasantly surprise you. This turned out to be the case with De Grendel’s 2018 harvest. Having entered one of the worst droughts in Cape Town’s, De Grendel experienced an amazing crop that was 35% bigger than last year, due to supplementary irrigation in critical times. “The rest of the industry is down by 30 to 40% due to the tremendous drought in the Western Cape,” explains cellar master, Charles Hopkins. Supplementary irrigation is the irrigation of crops only when necessary.
We're toasting to the start of autumn with the perfect Lunch Special at De Grendel Restaurant. Have your taste buds tantalised by our Tongue Teaser: 2 Oysters paired with a glass of our beautiful De Grendel MCC Brut.
Order a 3-course set menu (R425 per person) and receive 2 complimentary oysters and a glass of De Grendel MCC Brut FREE!
About De Grendel Restaurant
De Grendel Restaurant rests on a ridge overlooking Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain on the majestic De Grendel estate in the Durbanville Wine Valley. The Graaff family’s property is steeped in heritage and renowned for its award-winning wines. Their passion for winemaking extends to the philosophy they employ at the estate’s restaurant: the use of in-season and locally-sourced fresh produce and a menu that is updated regularly, reflecting the unique culinary heritage of the Cape and created with complementary De Grendel wines in mind. De Grendel’s award-winning wines at cellar door prices at De Grendel Restaurant.
For more information about De Grendel Restaurant click here.
De Grendel toasts the arrival of autumn with the release of Three Spades Cider, acknowledging the Graaff family's close connection to apple farming. The premium cider is made in limited quantities with freshly pressed apples from Elgin, one of South Africa's foremost apple growing regions.
"Apples have been part of our country's agricultural heritage for as long as growing grapes and wine-making," says Sir De Villiers Graaff, owner of De Grendel wine farm. "It holds special significance for the Graaff family to honour both traditions."
Stock up on all your favourite De Grendel wines before Tuesday, 1 March 2018 to beat the price increase.
PLUS you get FREE SHIPPING on orders of 6 or more bottles throughout the Western Cape, and on 12 or more bottles for the rest of South Africa.
Our price increase will be effective from the 1st of March 2018. For a detailed list of our new pricing as of 1 March 2018, see below.
|PRICE||LOYALTY CLUB PRICE||NEW PRICE||NEW LOYALTY CLUB PRICE|
|Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc||R150||R135||R160||R144|
|Noble Late Harvest||R130||R117||R140||R126|
|Sir David Graaff 1st Baronet of Cape Town||R1 500||R1 500|
|LOYALTY CLUB WINE|
|Elim Shiraz (1.5 litre)||N/A||R650||N/A||R650|
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This year we're giving you exclusive video updates about what's going on in the cellar and vineyards at De Grendel during harvest.
In the first video below our cellarmaster Charles Hopkins takes you through the intake of Chardonnay grapes for our De Grendel MCC Brut.
In our second video, Kudzai Mwerenga, Vineyard Manager at De Grendel, talks us through the process of preparing the vineyards to ensure the best quality grapes.
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2017 was a busy but incredibly successful year at De Grendel, and we are extremely proud of our farm’s resilience as the Cape Town drought and water restrictions escalated.
The release of the Sir David Graaff First Baronet of Cape Town wine
2017 started off with a proud new wine release that was inspired by, and honours, Sir David Graaff (1st Baronet), who went from being a poor shepherd boy in Villiersdorp to First Baronet of Cape Town. Sir David Graaff was an extraordinary man and each of the 3 344 numbered bottles Sir David Graaff, First Baronet of Cape Town 2013 carries his signature, the quality of the wine reflecting his high values.
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We once again walked away with a host of wine awards
De Grendel was once again proud to receive a host of awards, further emphasizing our consistent quality and standard of winemaking. Included in our awards were 18 Veritas including two gold, two Michelangelo awards, three awards at the China Wine and Spirits Awards, and a Best-Performing Chardonnay under £20 at the Drinks Business Global Chardonnay Masters 2016. We are exceptionally proud of how well our wines did in 2017.
Our restaurant received two excellent awards
The World Luxury Restaurant Awards and TripAdvisor awarded the De Grendel Restaurant the Continent Winner of the Luxury Scenic Setting Award and the Regional Winner of the Fine Dining Cuisine Category, and a Certificate of Excellence respectively. With an exquisite view of Table Mountain, and a host of prestigious awards, De Grendel Restaurant was a great reason to love 2017.
Reverse osmosis to beat the water shortage
De Grendel decided to go one step further during the terrible Cape Town drought and investigate the option of reverse osmosis on the farm. Reverse Osmosis (RO) is a water treatment process that removes contaminants from water by using pressure to force water molecules through a semipermeable membrane. We are excited to be able to assist the City of Cape Town with efforts to save as much water as possible.
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The release of the exciting new De Grendel Elim Shiraz 2016
Situated on the Agulhas Plain at the tip of Africa, the charming little village of Elim has fascinated De Grendel winemaker, Charles Hopkins, since 1994. De Grendel Loyalty Club members can exclusively enjoy Charles’ unique relationship with the Elim area through the stunning result of the De Grendel Elim Shiraz 2016. It is both De Grendel’s and Charles’ new pride and joy and was the perfect ending to 2017.
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Situated on the Agulhas Plain at the tip of Africa, the charming little village of Elim has fascinated De Grendel winemaker, Charles Hopkins, since 1994 and it is the potential of the area that drew him in. To the incredible benefit of De Grendel Loyalty Club members, Charles' unique relationship with the Elim area has now resulted in the exclusive release of the new De Grendel Elim Shiraz 2016.
Shop online at www.degrendel.co.za today and receive R200 off + Free delivery when you spend R1000 or more! Simply use discount code BLACKFRIDAY when checking out and select the Black Friday Shipping option to get free shipping on all orders!
T&Cs apply. Free delivery in SA only. Not for sale to persons under the age of 18 years. Valid on 24 November 2017 only. Valid for online purchases at www.degrendel.co.za only. Not applicable to the De Grendel Christmas Collection, Loyalty Club Christmas Collection and Sir David Graaff First Baronet of Cape Town.
With the festive season and end of year coming up, it's time do get your gift shopping done. Our award-winning De Grendel Rubaiyat makes for the perfect gift for any occasion - ideal for colleagues, clients, friends and family.
To get you started on your gift shopping, we're giving you 10% OFF* Rubaiyat online purchases during November (see discount code below) PLUS a chance to WIN a De Grendel Rubaiyat and KURO-Bō Natural Water Filter hamper valued at over R1200.
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One lucky De Grendel Rubaiyat shopper has the chance to win a bottle of our delicious flagship wine along with a KURO-Bō 100% Natural Charcoal Water Filter and bespoke handblown glass carafe set
De Grendel Rubaiyat is a classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Merlot. This special wine has layers of red and black berries, violets, dark chocolate, roasted nuts and vanilla, and is matured in new French oak giving it a smooth rounded texture, making it perfect to be enjoyed over a sumptuous festive meal or stored to age to perfection for a few more years. It was awarded GOLD at the International Wine & Spirit Awards 2016 as well as the coveted Tonnelerie de Mercurey French Style Red Blend trophy at the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards 2017, one of only 21 trophies awarded to the 1 633 entries.
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De Grendel scooped a total of 18 Veritas Awards at the 27th Veritas Awards – 10 more than we received in the 2016 awards. Most notably, Gold for De Grendel Op Die Berg Pinot Noir 2010 and De Grendel Shiraz 2016.
“We are very happy that the De Grendel Shiraz has maintained its top place in its category. The De Grendel Shiraz 2015 was awarded Double Gold by Veritas last year and we are very happy that we could follow this up with a gold medal for our 2016 Shiraz. I predicted that the red wines we produced during this hot, dry spell we are experiencing in the Western Cape would be winners and it has proven to be the case,” says Charles Hopkins, cellar master at De Grendel.
The De Grendel Shiraz has won no less than eight medals at Veritas over the past 11 vintages, including four Double Gold medals.
“Our Shiraz is made with grapes from three established blocks that we’ve been using for six years now. These blocks deliver low yields, which makes them perfect for our Shiraz. The grapes from the three blocks are prepared in three stylistically different ways and then the trick lies in blending these into the perfect Shiraz,” says Hopkins.
“The De Grendel Op Die Berg Pinot Noir 2013 was awarded four prestigious wine accolades last year and is encouraging to see that the 2010 vintage is also being recognized for its excellence. It shows that our reds mature over time to produce truly wonderful wines,” he continues.
De Grendel Veritas 2017 winners:
De Grendel Op Die Berg Pinot Noir 2010 – Gold
De Grendel Shiraz 2016 – Gold
De Grendel Winifred Viognier/Sémillon/Chardonnay 2017 – Silver
De Grendel Op Die Berg Chardonnay 2016 – Silver
De Grendel Op Die Berg Chardonnay 2015 – Silver
De Grendel Sauvignon Blanc 2017 – Silver
De Grendel Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc 2017 – Silver
De Grendel Viognier 2017 – Silver
De Grendel Rubaiyat 2014 – Silver
De Grendel Rubaiyat 2013 – Silver
De Grendel Amandelboord Pinotage 2015 – Silver
De Grendel Shiraz 2014 – Silver
De Grendel Shiraz 2013 – Silver
De Grendel Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc 2016 – Bronze
De Grendel Rosé 2017 – Bronze
De Grendel Merlot 2015 – Bronze
De Grendel Merlot 2013 – Bronze
De Grendel Op Die Berg Pinot Noir 2013 – Bronze