2021 De Grendel Amandelboord Pinotage

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2021 De Grendel Amandelboord Pinotage

A beautifully crafted ‘newer style’ of Pinotage. Expect a medium-full body and soft tannins to accentuate the red fruit and spice flavours. 

An exceptionally exciting new addition to De Grendel's flagship range, released not only to celebrate 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.

Tasting Notes

The Amandelboord Pinotage presents a beautiful intense, deep purple colour with a magenta meniscus. Maraschino cherries, black plums, prunes and banana-flavoured Wilson toffee aromas are depicted on the nose, followed by medium acidity and medium alcohol. The palate presents young tannins that will soften with age and aeration. A slight toastiness is detected on the mid-palate followed by sweet, stewed prunes.

2021 De Grendel Amandelboord Pinotage

Vintage

The season presented a cold winter and a cold spring with good rainfal and a very moderate growing period during summer. This resulted in a later-than-usual harvest and grapes were harvested 14 days later compared to 2020

Viticulture

The Pinotage vineyards are planted in weldrained blue, broken shale at 250 metres above sea level on the Western slope of the Tygerberg 7 kilometres from, and in sight of, the Atlantic Ocean. Employing the VSP trelis system, a typical harvest produces 7 to 8 tons per hectare. 

Vinification

Grapes were hand-picked just before dawn, then crushed and open-fermented while undergoing pneumatic punchdowns four times a day. The wine was basket-pressed and transferred to tanks for malolactic fermentation. On completion of MLF, the wine was racked and transferred to 225 litre barrels to mature for 12 months in a combination of French and American Oak of which 12% was new oak

Accolades

2020 Vintage

 

  • Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits 2022 Gold
  • Tim Atkin SA Report 2022 94 Points

2019 Vintage

  • Tim Atkin South African Report 2020 93 Points
  • Winemag Pinotage Report 2020 90 Points
  • Winemag Pinotage Report 2021 Top 10

Specifications

Year 2021
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar 100% Pinotage
Country South Africa
Alcohol content
13.93% alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 10.4 units
Type Red Wine
Allergen Information Contains sulphites
Food Matches Traditional South African fare such as braaivleis (BBQ), wildspotjie (game stew), Cape Malay bobotie (an oven-baked dish of spiced mince and dried apricots topped with an egg-custard), biltong (beef jerky) and samp with beans will be a true delight to enjoy with Pinotage. Non-conformists can try Pinotage with sushi, especialy sashimi with pickled ginger and soy sauce to complement the spicy and umami flavours of the wine.
Origin Durbanville
Appellation WO Western Cape