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De Grendel Shiraz 2013

De Grendel Shiraz is a wine that should be on every pizzeria wine list around the country. I’ve liked it ever since the 2010 got gold at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show in 2012 and the 2013 doesn’t disappoint. It’s a combination of pretty much equal parts Durbanville, Paarl and Stellenbosch grapes and it [...]

May 22, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Best sundowner spots in Cape Town

Location counts for a lot but restaurants with a great setting or spectacular views often become complacent. It’s not the case with the establishments below. Beau Constantia, Constantia www.beauconstantia.com Perched on the Constantia side of Table Mountain, Beau Constantia’s ultra-modern tasting room building looks out over vineyards, mountains and the city’s southern suburbs.  Floor-to-ceiling glass [...]

January 16, 2015
by Emma Odendaal
with 3 Comments

De Grendel Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc 2010

The trick to world-beating Sauvignon Blanc according to some is to maximise both your pyrazine- and thiol-derived flavours and then ensure some kind of balance between the two. Koetshuis from De Grendel has always been one such wine – dramatic in its youth but how does it age? To explore this, a bottle of the [...]

January 15, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 1 Comment

Christmas in the winelands

Why not make this Christmas holiday a real holiday and allow someone else to do the cooking and washing up? The Cape winelands has a plethora of restaurants offering Christmas Eve dinners and Christmas day lunches. Set menus, buffets, foodie experiences, home-style traditional cooking – it’s all here. Backsberg, Klapmuts Christmas lunch: R470 per person [...]

October 23, 2014
by Emma Odendaal
with 1 Comment

De Grendel Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc 2007

“Sauvignon Blanc gets drunk too young,” is an oft-heard lament from winemakers who champion the grape. Having recently tried the Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2009, which caused me to think it hadn’t been drunk young enough, a bottle of the even older Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc 2007 from De Grendel in Durbanville. A wine positioned very much [...]

June 3, 2013
by Christian
with 4 Comments

De Grendel Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Yesterday a workshop to discuss the way forward for Sauvignon Blanc hosted by Charles Hopkins, cellarmaster of Durbanville property De Grendel. Broadly speaking, three basic styles which can be labeled due to the dominant aromatic and flavour compounds at play, these being 1). Ester-driven;  2). Pyrazine-driven and 3). Thiol-driven. Wines high in esters are typcially [...]

July 13, 2012
by Christian
with 5 Comments

Nitida Club Select Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Yesterday at tasting to “celebrate and explore” some of the wines of Durbaville to have won awards this year. The ward’s proximity to the Atlantic Ocean means it really can claim cool climate growing conditions and as a result the wines are characterised by being lighter bodied and fresher than many. If producers struggle with [...]

June 15, 2012
by Christian
with 0 Comments

De Grendel Shiraz 2010

De Grendel Shiraz 2010, winner of a gold medal and the international judges’ trophy at Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2012, selling for R85.99 from Ultra Liquors? Ship it in. Despite a relatively hefty alcohol by volume of 14.63%, it presents as remarkably pure fruited, more red than black and there also heaps of white [...]

June 11, 2012
by Christian
with 10 Comments
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