2017 De Grendel Rubaiyat

£32.50 / Per Bottle

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.

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70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot & 1% Cabernet Franc

Winemaker’s notes

  • Viticulture

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.

  • Vinification

The Cabernet vineyards are situated in the Firgrove area, about 6 km from False Bay. The grapes are selected from specific sites focusing on lower yields, the age of the vines, and the soil types. The average berry weight of the selected vines is less than a gram, making them extremely small and concentrated. The Merlot, Cab Franc and Petit Verdot are from De Grendel and thrive in Cape coffee stone and light top soil with deep broken laterite.

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.

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

China Wine & Spirits Awards 2018 Double Gold
China Wine & Spirits Awards 2018 SA Wine of the Year
Cathy Pacific Hong Kong Silver
Decanter Wine Awards 2018 Silver
James Suckling 2018 91 Points
Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards 2019 Gold
Mundus Vini 2019 Gold
Sakura Japan Women’s Wine Awards 2019 Gold
South African Wine Index 2018 Platinum
John Platter 2018 4 Stars
The Sommeliers Selection 2018 Red – Voluptuous/Rich
Tim Atkin SA Report 2019 92 Points
Veritas Awards 2018 Gold
Veritas Awards 2019 Gold

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