The farm’s flagship full bodied red is a classic composition of Petit Verdot with Cabernet Sauvignon and dollops of Merlot and Malbec. It possesses impressive purity and inner perfume of graphite, cassis, cedar and liquorice, with a touch of wood smoke that evolves in the glass. Full bodied and dense, the wine has is sculpted by svelte tannins, with a backbone and sufficient stuffing for a graceful long term evolution. Raised in French oak barrels for 18 months.
2019 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show – Bronze
2019 Michelangelo International Wine & Spirit Awards – Gold
ageing : 10 – 12 years
in the vineyard : The vineyards are situated in the Firgrove area, about 6 km from False Bay. The grapes are selected from specific sites with the focus being on soil types, age of vines and low yields. The average berry weight is less than a gram (extremely small and concentrated). The Merlot, Cab Franc and Petit Verdot are from De Grendel.
Soil type: Cape coffee stone, light top soil with deep broken laterite.
The build-up to the season, climate wise, has been very promising. We had good rainfall in the winter and spring of 2012, resulting in high water reserves in the vineyards. The prevailing South Easterly Wind (the Cape Doctor) swept through most of the Western Cape during late spring and early summer. Fortunately for us, all the vines were already through fruit set and the wind had positive effect in protecting on a natural way against fungal disease pressure by keeping conditions dry and therefore lowering humidity in the canopy. December also brought warm days and bright sunshine – due to our proximity to the ocean, temperatures remained moderate. From beginning January right through the picking season of February and March, we did not have any heat waves and in most circumstances had a cooler ripening period than in past vintages. The challenge we did experience was three rainfalls but the positives outstretch the negatives in cooling down and nurturing the vineyards by relieving water stress.
about the harvest: The 2010 vintage will be remembered for the fact that the crop in general in the South African Wine Industry was substantially smaller compared to the five previous vintages. Some areas experienced a drop in yield of as much as 30%. One of the main reasons is the gale force winds experienced in October during the flowering season. Having said all of this, at De Grendel, we experienced a yield of 30% bigger and the only logic behind that is that we missed the worst of the wind during the flowering time.
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