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Rubaiyat 2016

R 350.00

AWARDS  |  TASTING NOTES

The Rubaiyat is De Grendel’s flagship wine, first made in 2006 when cellar master Charles Hopkins was asked by Sir David Graaff to make an ‘iconic’ wine for the Estate.

A classically poetic Bordeaux style blend consisting of a quatrain of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, the Rubaiyat was named after Omar Khayyam’s exquisite collection of 1000 Persian love poems from the 10th century, held dear by the late Sir David. Each successive vintage features a different quatrain from the poem on the label, hence the blend of four varietals.

Perfumed violets on the nose precede luscious blackcurrant and black cherry aromas underpinned by nuances of cedar, graphite and tobacco leaf. Exceptionally elegant pomegranate and plum unfurl on the palate, nuanced by hints of fruitcake and spice with a bold tea leaf tannin finish.

The wine is fruity enough for poultry, but elegant enough to compliment the richest of roasts. Pairs perfectly with rosemary lamb, medium rare Chateaubriand, roast poultry, Boeuf Bourguignon or Beef Wellington.

Our flagship will richly reward aging for 10 – 12 years by becoming increasingly velvety, and as the tannins soften and integrate, the fruit may become slightly richer but the luscious elegance and nuances of spice will be retained.

 

TASTING NOTES:

Rubaiyat 2015 - PDF

Rubaiyat 2014 - PDF

Rubaiyat 2013 - PDF

Rubaiyat 2012 - PDF

Rubaiyat 2011 - PDF

Rubaiyat 2010 - PDF

 

AWARDS:
2015

China Wine & Spirits Awards 2018 Double Gold

China Wine & Spirits Awards 2018 South African Wine of the Year

James Suckling 2018 91 Points

Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2019 Gold

Mundus Vini Germany 2019 Gold

Sakura Japan Women's Wine Awards 2019 Gold

The Sommeliers Selection 2018 - Voluptuous/Rich Red

Tim Atkin SA Report 2019 92 Points

Veritas Awards 2018 Gold

Veritas Awards 2019 Gold

2014

International Wine & Spirits Competition 2016 Gold

Korea Wine Challenge 2017 Gold

2013

International Wine & Spirits Competition 2015 Gold

Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2015 Platinum

Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2017 Trophy 

Mundus Vini Germany 2016 Gold

2011
Vitis Vinifera Awards 2014 Double Gold

China Wine & Spirits Awards Gold

2010
Mundus Vini Germany 2013 Gold
2008
Platter’s 4 Stars
2007
Platter’s 4 Stars

Veritas Double Gold

Winemakers Choice Awards 2012 Diamond Award

2006
Platter’s 4 Stars

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Deep ruby red in colour, floral nuances of fynbos alluringly give way to luscious aromas of blackcurrant and black plum, underpinned by distinctively complex notes of cedar wood and mocha with subtle hints of black pepper and dried herbs before an elegant black fruit driven entry unfurls delectable flavours of blackberry and mulberry, aptly augmented in body by velvety round tannin and savoury spice.
A match like no other – fruity enough for poultry, but elegant enough to compliment the richest of roasts. Pairs perfectly with rosemary lamb, medium rare Chateaubriand, roast poultry, Boeuf Bourguignon or Beef Wellington.
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 in consideration, the 2015 vintage has the potential to be one of the finest vintages in recent years – if not the best in recent memory.
The blend consists of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc. A portion of the wine was made using the aerated pump over method in a closed tank with extended skin contact. The rest was made using the punch down method where a pneumatic punch down system was used four times a day and night. This punch down method ensures a much more concentrated extraction. The two portions were pressed separately and only blended before being transferred into new French Oak barrels where malolactic fermentation took place. All of the wine was matured in these barrels for a further 18 months.

2015     

China Wine & Spirits Awards 2018 Double Gold

China Wine & Spirits Awards 2018 South African Wine of the Year

James Suckling 2018 91 Points

Mundus Vini Germany 2019 Gold

Sakura Japan Women's Wine Awards 2019 Gold

The Sommeliers Selection 2018 - Voluptuous/Rich Red

Veritas Awards 2018 Gold

2014     

International Wine & Spirits Competition 2016 Gold

Korea Wine Challenge 2017 Gold

2013     

International Wine & Spirits Competition 2015 Gold

Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2015 Platinum

Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2017 Trophy

Mundus Vini Germany 2016 Gold

2011     

Vitis Vinifera Awards 2014 Double Gold

China Wine & Spirits Awards Gold

2010     

Mundus Vini Germany 2013 Gold

2008     

Platter’s 4 Stars

2007     

Platter’s 4 Stars

Veritas Double Gold

Winemakers Choice Awards 2012 Diamond Award

2006     

Platter’s 4 Stars