jamie goode's wine blog: Superb South African white: De Grendel Winifred

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Superb South African white: De Grendel Winifred

Very impressed with tonight's tipple, which is from Durbanville producer De Grendel. It's an unusual blend, but it works brilliantly.

De Grendel Winifred Viognier Semillon Chardonnay 2008 Durbanville, South Africa
13.5% alcohol. Fantastic stuff: very fresh grapefruit and pear nose with some richer peachy notes. The palate has lovely herb, grapefruit and melon fruit with a hint of vanilla. Not at all fat or blowsy. Focused, with the Viognier (40% of the blend) dominant. 91/100 (9.99 Oddbins)

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At 11:22 AM, Blogger Chris Townend said...

Jamie, please tell me you don't feel duty bound to give a SA wine a positive review after your recent spat..?

At 1:57 PM, Anonymous Keith Prothero said...

These people have a nice range of wine and I especially like their sauvignon.

At 6:02 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Chris, not at all.

Keith, I met with Charles Hopkins and some other Durbanville producers on my recent trip. We had a fine evening, and I really liked most of the wines. Interesting region.

At 9:31 AM, Anonymous glenn said...

I stay about 5km away from the degrendal wine farm and was tasting this wine just last week. I really enjoyed it and they make some very underrated wines on the farm


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