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Amandelboord Pinotage 2021

R 300.00

An exceptionally exciting new addition to De Grendel's flagship range, released not only to celebrate our cellar’s 10th anniversary, but also made to honour Sir De Villiers Graaff’s grandfather and namesake, the 2nd Baronet, Sir De Villiers Graaff.

Pinotage, especially if it was from the Durbanville Ward, was a favourite cultivar of his grandfather. The wine is inspired by fond memories of the Almond Orchard through which the young Sir De Villiers Graaff would go horse riding with his grandfather.

A wine with ripe, soft tannins that is made to last. Bright purple edge with an intensely dark core. Cherry tobacco and Christmas spice of cloves and cinnamon abound. On the palate, this medium bodied wine delivers flavours of sour cherry, cocoa, Cedar wood and fresh plums.

Technical Tasting Sheets:

Amandelboord Pinotage 2021 - PDF

Amandelboord Pinotage 2020 - PDF

Amandelboord Pinotage 2019 - PDF

Amandelboord Pinotage 2018 - PDF

Amandelboord Pinotage 2017 - PDF

Amandelboord Pinotage 2016 - PDF

Amandelboord Pinotage 2015 - PDF

Serve slightly chilled with pepper-crusted seared tuna steaks, grilled aubergines stuffed with a tomato compote, a rack of Karoo lamb straight from the grill, or char-grilled sticky beef short ribs on a bed of soft polenta.
The season presented a cold winter and a cold spring with good rainfall and a very moderate growing period during summer. This resulted in a later-than-usual harvest and grapes were harvested 14 days later compared to 2020.
Grapes were hand-picked just before dawn, then crushed and open-fermented while undergoing pneumatic punch-downs four times a day. The wine was basket-pressed and transferred to tanks for malolactic fermentation. On completion of MLF, the wine was racked and transferred to 225 litre barrels to mature for 12 months in a combination of French and American Oak of which 12% was new oak.


  • Platter's Guide 2023 93 Points (4 ½ Stars)


  • Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits 2022 Gold
  • Platter's Guide 2023 5 Stars (95 Points)
  • Tim Atkin SA Report 2022 94 Points


  • Decanter Wine Awards 2021 Silver (91 Points)
  • Platter's Guide 2022 4 ½ Stars (94 Points)
  • Tim Atkin South African Report 2020 93 Points
  • Winemag Pinotage Report 2020 90 Points
  • Winemag Pinotage Report 2021 Top 10


  • Platter's Guide 2021 93 Points (4 ½ Stars)
  • Winemag Pinotage Report 2020 Top 10


  • Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2019 Double Gold
  • The Sommeliers Selection 2019: Reds - Voluptuous & Rich


  • China Wine & Spirits Awards 2018 Gold
  • IWSC 2018 Gold
  • Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2018 - Best Pinotage Trophy


  • Tim Atkin SA Report 2017 91 Points