Amandelboord Pinotage 2016
An exceptionally exciting new addition to De Grendel's flagship range, marking not only 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.
De Grendel cellarmaster Charles Hopkins was only too happy to oblige in the creation of this exceptionally balanced and elegant example of the South African cultivar, which is a reflection of De Grendel’s unique terroir, predicting that it will be one "to write home about".
A perfumed, accessible and elegantly balanced wine with a bright cherry plum red colour. Caramelised banana and vanilla pods on the nose are aptly supported by black cherry and blueberry aromas, with hints of fennel, clove, cardamom and pepper (Chinese five spice). On the palate, a smooth entry is followed by sweet and sour dried cranberry with nuances of mulberry and mocha.
The wine will pair excellently with game, duck and red meat, especially if served with a berry compote. It will also complement light curries and sweet and sour pork. Although exceptionally accessible now, the wine will reward ageing for 5 to 8 years by becoming increasingly silky, and as tannins integrate, delicate fruit may become slightly fuller and richer in the presence of ample spice, while retaining a pleasing elegance.
Tim Atkin SA Report 2017 91 Points