Although this farm was established in 1720, the Graaff family established it as a wine farm, and did their first bottling in 2004. Chief cellarmaster is Charles Hopkins.
Using the principles of Feng Shui their cellar has been magnificently designed and decorated to blend the old with the new. Dramatic windows act as spy holes into the manufacturing process and into the vast cellar itself where the barrels are stored. The cellar combines the heritage of the Graaff family history at De Grendel, with a new era in winemaking and wine tasting. It was Sir David’s insight that injected new life into the established farm and within just a few years, De Grendel’s varietals were firmly established as key players in the South African wine industry with a number of accolades to their name.
Youthful ruby-red colour is a pre-cursor to the bright, crunchy fruit appeal of this mediumbodied Merlot from cool Durbanville origin. Subtle tea leaf and Edamame provide savoury interest to the juicy fruit on the palate that integrates fine tannins and vibrant acidity to perfection and finishes dry and appetising.