Deep ruby garnet in colour, the nose is perfumed by layers of cedar wood, white pepper and clove which aptly underscore delectable nuances of black plum, prune and mulberry fruit with afterthoughts of blackcurrant. An enticing entry of elegant dried cranberry on the palate evolves into rich plum flavours supported by nuances of savoury cassis and perfumed, sweet tobacco leaf lingering with a finish that is long and lusciously augmented by firm, rounded tannins.
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De Grendel Sir David Graaff First Baronet of Cape Town 2015 - PDF
De Grendel Sir David Graaff First Baronet of Cape Town 2014 - PDF
De Grendel Sir David Graaff First Baronet of Cape Town 2013 - PDF
This legacy wine calls for hearty meals – complex, concentrated layers of fruit and sweet, firm, rounded tannins will compliment rich stews and pair perfectly with venison, roast lamb or beef, while the finesse and elegance of the wine will stand up to matured cheeses such as Cheddar or Gouda.
The 2015 vintage was particularly dry and windy during flowering, which resulted in a 15% smaller crop in the coastal region. As a result of this, the harvest was 10 to 15 days earlier than normal, the vineyard growth was less, and the bunches were smaller. These conditions, however, produced berries with a much higher concentration of fruit flavours. Taking all of this inconsideration, the 2015 vintage has the potential to be one of the finest vintages in recent years – if not the best in recent memory.
Hand-selected, individually vinified and matured for 16 months in 100% new, tight grain French oak barrels before blending, the wine consists of 50% Shiraz, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot. After blending, it was returned to the same new barrels and nurtured for a further 6 months. At a total of 22 months of maturation, this wine is the ultimate expression of longevity and potential.
- Platter's Guide 2018 4 ½ Stars
- Platter’s Guide 2019 4 ½ Stars