De Grendel is perhaps one of the Boerewors Curtain’s most discreet wineries in the sense that the massive 2000ha farm of the Graaf family sits relatively unnoticed on Plattekloof Weg with sensational views over Cape Town and Table Mountain.Keeping a prime location on top of Tygerberg hill, De Grendel not only has stunning views but also prime high altitude spots for its Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz Pinot Noir vineyards. Planted on the precarious slopes of Tygerberg Hill up to 400 metres above sea level - the higher altitude vineyards are harder to manage and the wind plays havoc with the fruit setting. Despite this the higher altitude brings cooler conditions and the fruit which De Grendel does reap are sensational.
From our tasting the Provence red blend from Saronsberg 2005 (R95) was outstanding. This little number is a real stunner, with soft plummy damson fruit, juicy tannins and a long spicy finish. Of the De Grendel wines, the De Grendel Shiraz (R85) has all the spicy, dark cherry liquorice that you would expect and the Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc (R85) really benefits from the high altitude grape growing. What sets this wine apart is the intensity of the fruit, the fullness of the body yet the higher altitude allows the Sauvignon Blanc to retain its elegance. These wines are above the normal price point but if you need a winter treat in these hard times, this is a good place to turn to.
Thanks also to the fabulous Tygerberg 4 x 4 club which transported us so skilfully up the rugged path. It was a truly unforgettable experience. To get involved, check out the De Grendel website.