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Shiraz 2018

R 200.00

Grapes of the highest quality were sourced from selected vineyards in the Paarl and Firgrove areas which contributes to the unique characteristics of the wine. These vineyards thrive in a combination of laterite and soil with yellow clay sub-layers. 

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 savoury 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.

Enjoy the Shiraz now or allow it to mature for a further 5 – 8 years.

The wine portrays a bright purple colour with a deep violet rim. Peppery spices, cassis and fruit cake merges well with Karoo shrub notes and scented violet notes on the nose. The palate expresses red fruit, soft fused tannins and a savoury, luscious finish.

Technical Tasting Sheets:

De Grendel Shiraz 2018 - PDF

De Grendel Shiraz 2017 - PDF

De Grendel Shiraz 2016 - PDF

De Grendel Shiraz 2015 - PDF

De Grendel Shiraz 2014 - PDF

De Grendel Shiraz 2013 - PDF

De Grendel Shiraz 2012 - PDF

De Grendel Shiraz 2011 - PDF

The De Grendel Shiraz is a great partner with Karoo lamb, a scrumptious homemade beef burger with grilled cheddar topping or mushroom risotto.
The 2018 vintage was affected by the worst drought conditions ever experienced in the Western Cape. Meticulous irrigation management supplied the precise quantity of water at the correct times to the vines. During such dry conditions diseases are restricted, resulting in the 2018 crop being entirely disease free. Furthermore, it resulted in our winemaking team having to preserve the grapes’ aromatic potential through careful viticultural practices such as limited thinning, managing nitrogen nourishment, allowing adequate plant vigour, appropriate water supply and careful selection of harvest dates.
The fruit was carefully handpicked in three batches, with the first batch ripening in Paarl. It was fermented for two weeks in closed conical shape tanks using the more delicate aerated pump-over method, ensuring softer tannins, delicate spicy flavours and a deep colour. The second and third batches from Firgrove were separately fermented using the pneumatic punch-down method four times a day to produce more robust tannins with excellent structure and concentration. The three batches were then blended and allowed to undergo natural malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks before being racked three times and transferred into Oak barrels. Barrel maturation took place over a period of 13 months in 10% new American Oak, 10% in new French Oak and 80% in second and third fill French Oak barrels

2018

  • Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2020 Platinum

2017

  • IWSC 2019 Gold (97 Points)
  • Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2019 Gold
  • Shiraz SA Wine Challenge 2019 Top 20 Finalist
  • Veritas Awards 2019 Gold
  • Winemag Shiraz Report 2019 92 Points

2016     

  • China Wine & Spirits Awards 2018 Gold
  • IWSC 2018 Gold
  • Mundus Vini Germany 2018 Gold
  • Shiraz SA Wine Challenge 2020 Top 20 Finalist
  • South African Wine Index 2018 Platinum
  • Veritas Awards 2017 Gold
  • Vitis Vinifera Awards 2017 Gold

2015     

  • China Wine & Spirits Awards 2017 Gold
  • Mundus Vini Germany 2017 Gold
  • Veritas Awards 2016 Double Gold
  • Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2016 Platinum
  • Vitis Vinifera Awards 2016 Trophy

2014     

  • Veritas Awards 2016 Gold
  • Sakura Japan Women's Wine Awards 2016 Gold
  • Vitis Vinifera Awards 2015 Double Gold

2013     

  • Veritas Awards 2015 Gold
  • Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2014 Gold
  • Vitis Vinifera Awards 2014 Gold
  • Sakura Japan Women's Wine Awards 2015 Gold

2012     

  • Platter’s 4½ Stars

2011     

  • Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Comp 2013 Gold - Best South African Wine
  • Platter’s 4½ Stars
  • Michelangelo Int'l Wine Awards 2013 Double Gold
  • Veritas 2013 Double Gold
  • Vitis Vinifera Awards 2013 Double Gold

2010     

  • Five Nations Wine Challenge 2012 Double Gold (2nd Place)
  • Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2012 International Judge's Choice Award
  • Platter’s 4½ Stars

2009     

  • Platter’s 4 Stars

2008

  • Platter’s 4 Stars
  • Veritas 2011 Gold

2007     

  • Platter’s 4 Stars
  • Veritas 2010 Double Gold

2006     

  • Platter’s 4 Stars
  • Michelangelo Int’l Wine Awards Gold
  • Veritas Double Gold

2005     

  • Michelangelo International Wine Awards Gold

2004     

  • South African Airways First Class