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Date Printed: 9/23/2014
De Grendel Merlot 2005
De Grendel Merlot 2005
(search item no. 98539)

PRICE ON 9/23/2014: $16.49

Winemaker's Notes:

This seamless Merlot is artfully crafted by Charles Hopkins, the expert Cellarmaster of the prestigious Cape Winemakers' Guild. With its elegant, polished tannins and striking aromas and flavors of plum, currant, and licorice accented with tobacco, dried herbs, and earth, the suave bottling could easily pass for a Right Bank Bordeaux.

De Grendel means "the latch" in Dutch, for this farm was historically the gateway to the inland settlements of Durbanville and Stellenbosch. Uniquely, De Grendel looks out over the city onto Table Mountain and the sea, and the vineyards are clearly visible on the brow of the Tygerberg Hills from the center of town.

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About De Grendel:

One of Cape Town’s oldest farms, De Grendel has a magnificent centuries-old history within the Graaff family. Perfectly situated on high, sea-facing slopes overlooking unmatched vistas of Cape Town, it is the only vineyard in the country that is 350m above sea level and only seven kilometres from the sea.

This elevated position is not only majestic, but also forms an integral part of the micro-climate that shapes our elegant wines. Our vines benefit from the south-facing aspects and the close moderating effects of the ocean – advantages that are the product of the site. In our viticulture and wine-making, our goal is the expression of the character of this distinctive position.

Looking after the natural environment, the farm is part of a larger fynbos conservation area, caring for the endemic but highly endangered "renosterveld". Our social environment is being protected by employer-employee partnerships in winemaking and viticulture. In all we pursue, we aim for excellence, now and in the future.