Although this farm was established in 1720, the Graaff family have developed it into a prime wine producing farm and did their first bottling in 2004. The chief cellarmaster is Charles Hopkins, ably assisted by Elzette du Preez.
Using the principles of Feng Shui the De Grendel 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.
The Sauvignon Blanc is more tropical and fruit-driven than the Koetshuis. It’s made from grapes grown in a vineyard which benefits from the cooling effect of gentle maritime breezes from the nearby ocean where the cold Benguela current runs northwards up the coast.
Pale straw in colour, with youthful lime green flashes around the edges, you will notice aromas of grapefruit and other tropical fruits like guava and granadilla and enjoy its clean, fresh and zippy tastes with bags of richly flavoured, beautifully balanced fruit and long aftertaste.