Wine Club (November 2009) – De Grendel

November 1st, 2009 by karen

One of Cape Town’s oldest farms, De Grendel has a magnificent centuries-old history within the Graaff family. Nestled atop Tygerberg Hill, De Grendel showcases Table Mountain, the city and the seaboard all in one landscape. This dramatic expanse of land, that is home to their vineyards (first planted in 1998), is carefully crafted by Winemaker’s Guild member Charles Hopkins, producing prestigious wines of consistently exceptional quality.

Charles is a maker of true-blooded South African wines – “Quality is not a goal, it’s a journey”. His fate – and his future – was sealed after he spent a season playing rugby in France, and discovered Bordeaux. Now, at 44 years old, he is rated as one of South Africa’s top cellar masters Under his guidance DE GRENDEL wines have done excellently, winning numerous awards and have become very popular in both the local and overseas. Hopkins studied cellar technology at Elsenburg Agricultural College before joining Bellingham for nine years, and spending time abroad, in California and his beloved Bordeaux. He returned to South Africa and joined Graham Beck.
Under Hopkins, De Grendel wines achieved two double gold’s in one of the first years they entered the Veritas awards catapulting the brand into the class with the best. The wines have won numerous gold and silver medals at the Michelangelo awards and are regularly awarded four stars or more in the John Platter. Hopkins says “It is so much more than making quality wine, it’s about creating something unique” and De Grendel’s elevated position and terroir is what will make the difference with production up to 25 000 cases ranging from their well-known Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir through to their ever popular Winifred and a newly released Pinot Grigio and red blend.
Elzette du Preez, the winemaker received the Dux Student award for Cellar technology as well as the Elsenburg Dux Diploma. In recent years, she has harvested in California, toured the major French wine regions, as well as Marlborough, New Zealand, focusing specifically on Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Elzette is a true asset to the De Grendel family.
Looking after the natural environment, the farm is part of a larger fynbos conservation area, caring for the endemic but highly endangered “renosterveld”. In all they pursue, they aim for excellence, now and in the future.

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